Hello, Gunvor and Per!
Former municipal politicians Per Thorsell and his wife Gunvor own 30 wind shares and have been shareholders since 2007. ”It’s a great feeling to look at what we pay for electricity and how much we are saving while the prices on the variable market are going up and down like a rollercoaster.”
Number of shares: 30
Annual CO2 saving: up to 24 tonnes
Financial saving: 38 percent on average
Home: a family house in Kungsängen, a suburb of Stockholm
What made you buy wind shares?
The main reason that we bought shares was that we wanted low, fixed electricity prices over time. The only product which offers this is wind shares. Another reason was that the electricity market is still has a monopoly structure dominated by a small number of players. We didn’t want to depend on these organisations, but wanted to ensure that we paid what the electricity actually costs to produce. The fact that wind power is fossil-free is an added bonus which we really want to support.
How have wind shares affected your awareness of environmental issues?
We have always been very environmentally-aware. Our wind shares often come up in discussions about the environment with our friends. The wind shares have allowed us to offset around 24 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
Since buying wind shares in 2007, you have saved on average 38 percent compared with what it would have cost you to buy electricity in the normal way. How do you feel about that?
It’s a great feeling to look at what we pay for electricity and how much we are saving while the prices on the variable market are going up and down like a rollercoaster.