Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg County
Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden operate in the area of Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg County, in the southeast part of Sweden.
Blekinge County: 154 000 inhabitants, area: 2 941 km²
Kalmar County: 235 000 inhabitants, area: 11 694 km²
Kronobergs County: 189 000 inhabitants, area: 8 426 km²
(numbers collected from Statistics Sweden 2014-12-08 and respective County Administrative Board)
The region has a total population of approximately 580 000 inhabitants which is about six percent of the Swedish population. The area of the three counties all together is approximately 23 000 km² (six percent of Sweden's land area) with miscellaneous landscape of forest, farming and lake districts. The region is highly industrialised and is well-known for its entrepreneurial traditions.
The region is characterised by a few cities surrounded by minor urban areas and large sparsely populated rural areas. The population density is low (20 inh/km2), on the average level for Sweden, but in some areas under 10 ihb/km2 or even lower. Major cities is Kalmar in the countiy of Kalmar, Växjö in Kronoberg and Karlskrona in Blekinge.
Industry and companies
The region is one of the most industrialised in regions in Scandinavia with a large proportion of employees in industry especially manufacturing. The main industrial sectors are machinery, automotive industry, polymer technology, aluminium use, glass design and furniture, construction industry, wood processing and wooden houses, energy and environmental technology as well as food industry and tourism. Well-known brands from the region are Orrefors, IKEA, IKEA, ABB High Voltage Cables, Alstom, Electrolux, ITT Flygt, NIBE, Scania, Tarkett, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Cars and Slip Naxos. The region is also the centre of for the southern Swedish forest industry, e.g. the headquarter of the Södra group is situated in Växjö.
Renewable energy and energy use
Renewable energy sources today account for around 50 percent of the supply in the region. The electricity in the region is to almost 60 percent generated from renewables from inside and outside the region. Wooden biomass energy is used for combined heat and power production and by industry, mainly pulp and paper industry. Biomass supply more than 90 percent of the district heating, mainly wooden biomass (more than 70 percent). In the region there are approximately 60 district heating systems and 12 CHP plants. To this approximately 40 industrial bio fuelled energy plants (1 MW) should be added. In the region there are also 5 biogas plants that produce vehicle fuel.