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The Swedish government plans to lower electricity taxes on data centers

Jun 9th, 2016   News

Today, the The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, and the Minister for Finance, Magdalena Andersson, announced that the Swedish Government is planning a significant reduction of electricity taxes for data centers. This is the next step in the government’s initiative to increase Sweden’s competitiveness in the tech industry. Data centers will pay 0.5 öre/kWh (0.005 SEK or USD 0.0006/kWh).

The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg, praised the tax reduction, claiming that the proposal will drive digitalization and bring commercial value to Sweden. This new initiative should create hundreds of new jobs throughout Sweden.

“This is a clear commercial signal to the data center market that Sweden aspires to global cloud service leadership and intends to compete on a global basis for scalable, cost effective and green data center deployments. We have been observing for some time now how large forward-looking corporations are deploying various hosting tiers – large scale compute and store, backups or disaster recovery, and some of the legacy portfolio for ultra-fast access and local management. The Node Pole region is a vital piece of this puzzle, and the enhanced commercial benefits flowing from the new tax regime further enhances the proposition.”, The Node Pole Chief Commercial Officer Anne Graf commented on the news.

“This tax harmonization makes The Node Pole region’s and Sweden’s combined offering both the most high tech and price competitive portfolio of offerings – in addition to being the greenest offering around”, says Niklas Nordström, Chairman of The Node Pole and Mayor of the City of Luleå.

According to the inquiry the new energy tax will take effect on 1 January 2017.

Source: SVT Nyheter