Monday, May 16

SV is in favor of a state electricity company and a top-price system

Cheap electricity to make coffee, expensive electricity for whirlpools. That is what SV wants. Now they are demanding negotiations with the government to change the power system.

The electricity people need to heat the house and make coffee must cost less than electricity for whirlpools and other “luxury consumption”, SV believes.

On Saturday, the party’s national board approved a number of proposals for permanent changes to the system and calls for negotiations with the government this spring.

The party will study a top-price system for electricity, where what is considered necessary electricity consumption will be priced lower than what SV leader Audun Lysbakken calls unnecessary consumption.

– Simply put, the electricity you need for heating your house or coffee making – absolutely important for most people in Norway – it should have a low price. The power to the whirlpool on the porch of some should have another, he said in his speech to the national government on Friday.

State company

The party also wants a state electricity company and get rid of the companies that make a living by selling electricity alone.

– The sky-high electricity prices are a result of the idea that electricity should flow freely in a market, and that price formation should only be based on what the market is willing to pay. Market management makes the price of electricity unpredictable and incomprehensible, and now also sky-high, says party leader Audun Lysbakken.

SV’s party leader Audun Lysbakken.

– Electricity should be seen as a basic infrastructure, something the community is responsible for ensuring everyone at a reasonable and predictable price, he says.

Energy law and security fund

The party envisages that the negotiations will take place in connection with changes to the Energy Act being proposed this spring.

– We challenge a social democratic government to take down-to-earth social democratic measures to ensure political control over a necessary common good, Lysbakken told Klassekampen on Friday.

The party will also have a security fund, where electricity customers will be able to compensate for the expenses when the electricity price is high. The money will be taken from the power companies.

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