Other countries are getting a lot of green energy from wind power, at a very competitive cost.
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we are facing Important challenges lie in our ambition to create a greener and zero emission Norway, and difficult choices must be made for the future.
The electrification of transport on land and on the Norwegian continental shelf, combined with an accelerating global environmental challenge, is forcing us to increase our production of green and sustainable energy, despite all the protests.
recognized method To calculate production costs for energy consumption “Standard energy cost” (LCOE), which takes into account the base investment costs over a period of time, as well as ongoing operation and maintenance costs.
NVE therefore examined different alternatives From today until 2030. Today, hydroelectric power costs 35-39 re / kWt, and onshore wind turbines around 30 Ã¸re. For example, solar power has more than doubled due to higher capital costs.
What are the options? We have met in sustainable development?
- Simplification of current hydroelectric production: according to NTNU study We can increase the withdrawal by 15 to 20 percent. But this also has an environmental price, because it implies more tributaries and water in the watershed, as well as improved facilities. The future cost of hydropower will be as it is today, 35-40 Ã¸re / kWt, According to NVE.
- Wind energy on Earth: This has relatively significant environmental consequences, a lot of visuals and some encroachments on nature and the destruction of diversity and bioenvironments. However, NVE predicts that by 2030 the cost of wind power generation will be only two-thirds of hydropower.
- Wind energy at sea: Higher capital costs and increased complexity of operations and maintenance make NVE believe in costs from a longer term perspective at 51-68 re / kWtAccording to technological choices. It is clearly more expensive than terrestrial alternatives, but with less intrusive natural consequences. It may also be possible to reduce costs as the technology develops further.
We are proud of our green energy from hydropower, but when you look at the big wind energy developments in the rest of the world, we see that other countries are getting a lot of green energy from wind power, at a very competitive cost.
Choosing energy sources for Norway’s future is an important choice. In my opinion, this is as important as when we started to build our own hydroelectric plants or to take control of the continental shelf with fishery, oil and gas resources.
Should hydropower in western Norway create a new industry or be sent to the North Sea?
here we are Today also with regard to energy development – both on land and on our continental shelf. What will happen is my intervention for the whole country, and the Norwegian state must be aware of its responsibility and ensure proper control and disposal of our common resources.
It is something that we must own and develop as a nation, not allowing foreign business interests to take over and extract our national values, leaving us as tenants in our own country.