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 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.
The section is taking care of issues linked to the power market in Norway, power exchange with other countries, ownership questions for Statnett SF, contracts between Statkraft SF and power intensive industries, regulation of the grid activities and issues relating to electricity grid tariffs. Power industry financial issues, including taxes and fees, in addition to power supply emergency planning are also included.
Responsible for general energy policy issues and analysis relating to the energy and power balance, the policy for restructuring energy use and production and also socio-economic evaluations of spesific policy initiatives.
Section for Energy Use and Green Certificates
This section is responsible for use of the means available for restructuring energy usage and production, and following up ownership of the state-owned public enterprise Enova.
Section for Water Resources- and Energy Law
Water resources and energy law. Responsible for implementing new legislation and for amendments to the Industrial Licensing Act, the Watercourse Regulation Act, the Water Resources Act, the Energy Act and the Natural Gas Act, and regulations adopted pursuant to these acts.