Sunday, October 24

A radical change is needed in Norwegian energy policy

  • Hogne hongset
    Hogne hongset

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With cold weather ahead, we also get higher electricity bills. Hogne Hongset believes that the energy industry has a significant responsibility.

It is speculated whether we will have to ration electricity. In the hydroelectric country of Norway!

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The explosion in electricity prices worries more and more people. The power industry “dries its hands” as it blames import prices through foreign cables and low fill levels at chargers. The energy industry itself has a significant responsibility for both!

They have started and built several foreign cables, precisely to drive up electricity prices in Norway. We do not need cables built after 1993 to have complete security of supply. But we have been linked much more closely to energy markets which have always had higher electricity prices than in this country.

Not enough water

The price increase that we are seeing now is also due to the fact that the filling degree of the tanks is much lower than normal. We cannot control the rain. But the energy industry should “handle” sensibly with the rush that comes after all.

If magazines are unreasonably downsized for a short-term gain in exports, bitter pain for consumers will come in the next round. Water scarcity causes further price increases.

Hogne Hongset has 20 years of experience in the oil industry, at Aker and later at Statoil. He has also been a special advisor to the LO Industri Energi union for 10 years. As a pensioner, he has distinguished himself as an opponent of wind power.

The so-called median is the average degree of filling during the last 20 years. In the first four months of the year, magazine fill ranged from 5 to 10 percent upon the.

During May and June, net exporters saw as much electricity from utilities as in the first four months of the year combined. When we entered July and in the second half of the year, the filling level was already below the median.

So the power companies slowed exports to make sure the reservoirs were refilled?

… but still exporting

Otherwise. In July and August, the electricity companies net exported 3.4 TWh more. If the entire Norwegian passenger car fleet had been electric cars, this power could have powered a total Norwegian electric car fleet for half a year.

Net exports for July and August, together with low rainfall, contributed to us entering September with magazines 16.7% below the median. But the power companies continued to export.

In the first half of September, 900,000 net kwh were exported, with the logical result that the filling rate continued to decrease. At week 37, magazines were 20.3 percent below the median. And that in a situation in which it is speculated if we will have to achieve the rationing of electricity. In the hydroelectric country of Norway!

How in the spruce forest have we managed to behave like this?

You need a new energy policy

Our hydroelectric power is a strong gift of nature. The amount depends on the precipitation, but we have left the provision to the power companies. And the signals of political control for the industry have changed.

In ancient times, before January 1, 1991, the message was this: Expand and produce electricity as the need increases, and make it as cheap as possible!

The directors of power did. At that time mainly engineers. With the Energy Law, the running order for power plants in practice became this: Earn as much money as possible! That instruction has also been followed and now we see the full effect. Today, the energy industry is also largely governed by economists who know its market logic.

The sharp rise in prices that we are seeing now has a silver lining. It may make Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party), Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Social Democrats) and (perhaps) Audun Lysbakken (Social Democrats) realize that a failed energy policy (led by many governments!) Must be radically changed.

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