LONDON, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
With our fundamental assumptions for the three Nordic markets covered in this report unvaried, our forecasts for their power sectors remain largely unchanged this quarter. Overall, we maintain our view that, while growth expectations in the region are improving, economic woes in the eurozone remains a major risk factor for the consumption and generation outlook of the three Nordic countries, as more regional instability could undermine their economic activity. In terms of sectoral developments, we note that Denmark appears to be losing its energy self-sufficient status, while Sweden's possible-phase out of nuclear energy could jeopardise the reliability of the system.
Taking into account relatively positive macroeconomic expectations for the Nordic region as well as sectoral trends, we continue to expect that power consumption growth will re-enter positive territory in 2014. Similarly, our long-term outlook remains unchanged, with generation and consumption expected to rise only moderately, making the substitution of ageing plants and the acquisition of additional cleaner generation capacity the main priorities for these three power markets. In spite of the similarities, however, we note that existing electricity mix, access to specific resources and political considerations will continue to influence refurbishment interventions and the choice of technologies, as well as the planning of new infrastructure.
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