Energy and Water Resources Department (EV)

The Energy and Water Resources Department’s main objective is to ensure sound management, in both economic and environmental terms, of water and hydropower resources, other domestic energy sources and energy use

The Energy and Water Resources Department’s main objective is to ensure sound management, in both economic and environmental terms, of water and hydropower resources, other domestic energy sources and energy use. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) is an agency of the MPE, responsible for the management of energy and water resources in mainland Norway. The departement is responsible in the Ministry for the state owned enterprises Statnett SF and Enova SF.

The department consists of the following sections:

  • Resources, Area and Environment
  • Section for Concessions
  • Electricity Market
  • Energy Policy
  • Section for Energy Use and Green Certificates
  • Section for Water Resources- and Energy Law

The department consists of the following sections

  • Resources, Area and Environment

    Taking care of water resources management, protection of watercources, licensing of small hydro power stations, land use planning for energy plants, such as wind power mills, emergency planning and watercource safety. The Ministry’s management of NVE is also included.

  • Section for Concessions

    Concessions and expropriation issues related to watercourse regulation, major hydropower plants, wind power plants and other energy plants, power lines, district heating and downstream natural gas installations. Concessions for acquisition of waterfalls and other issues related to mergers and acquisitions in power companies. Enforcement and revision of conditions for concessions.

  • Power Market Section

    The section's main areas of responsibility are issues related to the power market and the grid. The section participates in the development and management of market rules in Norway, The Nordics and in the EU. This includes topics such as cross-border trade of electricity and what role new flexibility solutions can have in the power market. Furthermore, the section deals with regulation of grid activities, issues related to electricity grid tariffs and digitalisation of the power sector. Ownership management of the Norwegian TSO Statnett SF, the political framework for the power industry, and preparedness and contingency planning in the power supply are also within the section's area of responsibility.

  • Section for energy analysis

    The sections work area includes general energy policy issues and cordination of overreaching energy issues. The section have responsibility for energy analysis, including development of method tools in the energy sector, analysis of the development of the power and energy system in the short and long term, assessments of how different instruments affect the energy sector and socioeconomic assessments of concrete measures in the energy field. The section also has responsibility for coordinating EU / EEA affairs in the department, as well as horizontal regulations in the EU area.

  • Section for energy use and energy certificates

    The section is responsible for following up the ministry's work on energy efficiency, the emergence of end-user flexibility in the power market and the use of new energy technologies. The section is responsible for work with, origin warranties and product declaration of electricity, the energy labeling scheme for buildings and energy assessment of technical facilities, district heating regulation and regulation of downstream gas infrastructure. The section is responsible for the ministry's follow-up of the Ecodesign Directive, the Energy Markets Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and provisions of the Renewable Energy Directive connected to support systems, cooperation mechanisms, guarantees of origin and heating and cooling.The section is responsible for managing the Norwegian / Swedish certificate scheme.

  • Section for Energy and Water Resources Law

    The Section is responsible for regulatory developments in the domestic energy and water resources legislation. Relevant legislation is the Waterfall Rights Act, the Water Course Regulation Act, the Water Resources Act, the Energy Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Ocean Energy Act and the Act on Electricity Certificates, with supplementary regulations. The Section also has tasks related to the implementation and follow-up of EEA legal obligations, legal interpretation and the handling of public consultations within the Department's area.