The areas Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II were opened for offshore renewable energy production in June 2021. The Government will submit a proposal to the Storting in the course of spring 2022 for amendments to the Offshore Energy Act and the appurtenant regulations. The Government plans to open an area totalling five to six times the size of Southern North Sea II, or roughly 1 % of Norway’s sea areas. This will be done in stages by 2040.
The History of Norwegian Hydropower in 5 Minutes
Modern Norway was built and industrialised when we started to utilize rivers and waterfalls to produce electricity. Hydropower is still the backbone of the Norwegian power system, and will remain so in the foreseeable future.
The Energy Administration in Norway
The Norwegian Storting (parliament) determines the political framework for energy and water resources management in Norway. The Government has the executive authority through its various ministries.
Latest on renewable energy
- Remarks by Prime Minister Støre at the 2nd North Sea Summit in Ostend Speech/statement 24/04/2023
- Norway and EU establish Green Alliance Press release 24/04/2023
- The North Seas can be the world’s biggest power plant Speech/statement 23/04/2023
- Announces the first competitions for offshore wind Press release 29/03/2023
- Norwegian Government apologises to Sámi reindeer herders on the Fosen peninsula News story 04/03/2023
- Offshore Energy Act Law 29/03/2023
- Meld. St. 20 (2019–2020) - Norway’s integrated ocean management plans — Barents Sea–Lofoten area; the Norwegian Sea; and the North Sea and Skagerrak Report to the Storting 24/04/2020
- Meld. St. 24 (2016–2017) - Common Responsibility for Common Future Report to the Storting 05/04/2017
- NOU 2015: 15 - Environmental Pricing (Summary) Norwegian Official Report (NOU) 09/12/2015