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  Municipality of Norsjo

Norsjö municipality has around 4300 inhabitants and is located in Västerbotten. The municipality has a history in mining, timber and wood products industries, and hydropower energy production. Currently, nearly all of the electricity and heat produced and used in Norsjö is from renewable sources.

Norsjö municipality sees the necessity to reverse the negative demographic trends (decreased population and jobs) that characterize the much of the rural interior of Sweden. Norsjö, along with the other regional rural communities, can take significant increased benefit from abundant wooded landscape by through the localization of renewable energy production from locally available biomass using community enterprise models. By investing in localized community-based renewable energy production (as opposed to central, commercialized regional production), regional rural communities can reap the benefits of improved local socioeconomic conditions through increased job creation and local economic turnover. This localized and community based production helps to keep the money that Norsjö spends on energy “at home”, instead of going off to some distant regional, national or international energy utility.

Using the tools that Smallest provides can hopefully work towards a more regionally-based economy is created, where investments in renewable energy leads to an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development. The model tested in the Smallest believed to be applied to communities across northern Sweden, since much of the area share similar problems and conditions.

Staff working on SMALLEST

Ken Swanson

Charlotta Nääs


Ken Swanson

Renewable Energy Coordinator

+46 (0)70-577 71 28


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