Electricity is produced at Södra’s sulphate mills in back-pressure and condenser turbines which use high-pressure steam from the boilers before the steam is used in the process. In 2006, 1.401 GWh of electricity was produced in the sulphate mills, almost all of it based on renewable fuel (98 per cent). . Renewable electricity production from Swedish pulp mills qualifies for green electricity certificates.
Green electricity certificates are a market-based method of promoting electricity production from renewable energy. The Government had several reasons for deciding to introduce electricity certificates: one was to stimulate the expansion of renewable electricity production, another was to create the conditions for the development of new technology. The objective of the electricity certificates is to increase renewable electricity production by 17 TWh by 2016 compared with the level in 2002.
Since the introduction of green electricity certificates, Södra Cell has invested SEK 580 million in three new turbines which, after running in, will make the Södra Group self-sufficient in electricity.
Södra is also evaluating the opportunities to produce green electricity using wind power on its properties. It has already committed to installing three wind turbines in the area where Södra Cell Värö is based.