SV opens to support hybrid cables, but sets clear requirements. The dispute over the cables and the danger of higher electricity prices will be one of the hottest issues this spring.
The Solberg government presented the energy report in June. It was to be a “road map for conversion” and deals with the conditions for power production and energy resources such as offshore wind, onshore wind power and hydrogen.
A growing battle theme is the so-called hybrid cables. These cables connect future offshore wind farms to the Norwegian and European electricity markets.
The dispute is whether energy from offshore wind will be used exclusively on the platforms and domestically in Norway, or whether power exports to Europe will also be allowed.
The Støre government is not happy with the announcement and has announced an additional announcement before Easter. Then the discussion about offshore wind, electrification and the hybrid cables will come to a head.
In the Hurdals platform, the government says no to new power cables abroad during this parliamentary term. At the same time, it will “facilitate a large-scale investment in offshore wind”.
These formulations herald a conflict between the Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party. While the Labor Party believes that hybrid cables from offshore wind farms are not covered by the wording in the Hurdal platform, Sp disagrees.
SV lands between the two governing parties:
– We do not say categorically yes or no. We are open to hybrid cables, but SV has some clear requirements: Hybrid cables must help cut emissions, we must have public ownership and they must help ensure continued low prices for Norwegian consumers and industry, says SV’s climate policy spokesman Lars Haltbrekken.
– A huge task
They say that “we are facing a huge task in cutting greenhouse gases.” While the government’s target is a 55 per cent cut by 2030, SV will cut 70 per cent of emissions based on the 1990 level.
– If we are to achieve this, we can not let the biggest polluter go free: the oil companies have increased their emissions the most, and emit the most. We have to do something about the emissions in the oil sector if Norway is to take responsibility and meet its obligations, says the party’s finance spokesman Kari E. Kaski.
According to the SVs, Norway has only two opportunities to meet the obligations in the Paris Agreement:
Electrify parts of the shelf. This means that the power the oil platforms must have must be replaced. Today, gas is used to create this power. SV will do it with offshore wind.
If you do not want to electrify the shelf, SV believes that some oil fields must be closed. They believe this is necessary if Norway is to achieve its climate goals.
– There is no other way to do it. We only have the two choices. We call for honesty, says Haltbrekken.
– Can not let the oil companies get away
That Norway’s obligation can be fulfilled by tightening further for motorists and air traffic and letting the oil companies escape, they believe is a far-fetched theory.
– Those who are against cutting emissions from the oil companies must show how they intend to meet Norway’s obligations, they challenge.
– What do you disagree with the Labor-Sp government about?
– We want greater emission cuts for the oil companies. And we fear that it is going too slow with the investment in offshore wind with the current government, they say.
The question of the development of new oil and gas fields also looms over the controversy over electrification. This is the main difference between SV and the government.
– We still disagree about the climate goals for the oil industry. We want bigger cuts to be made in the oil industry. It is fair and will relieve the cuts on the mainland. If we develop new fields, we increase emissions and make the task more difficult, they say.
Q: Will increase electricity prices
Sp’s parliamentary leader Marit Arnstad closes the door on hybrid cables that the party believes will increase electricity prices further.
– Sp is against a hybrid cable because we need the power from offshore wind to land in Norway. So that we can strengthen our own power balance and because such a hybrid cable in itself will increase the price of electricity to people and industry in Norway, says Arnstad.
SV’s view of the use of offshore wind for electrification of oil installations she finds “interesting and important to work with further.”
Unfortunately, the Conservatives have not gone into depth on this issue in their energy report and it is delaying the process. When it comes to oil policy as a whole, it is well known that SP and SV have a somewhat different approach to this, says Marit Arnstad.