Policy status today

  • As a EEA member country Norway has committed itself to implement the RES directive
  • Increasing investments in small scale hydropower
  • The further development of the hydropower system (in terms of offering balancing services at a large scale) is unclear from a political view point
  • Norway is part of the Common Norwegian-Swedish electricity certificate market since January 1 2012.
  • Social acceptance – a challenge both concerning renewable energy production development (especially wind farms) as well as the construction of new overhead transmission lines/corridors
  • Implementation of the EU-Water Framework Directive – unclear how it will affect existing and planned hydropower development
  • Norway has signed the North Sea Declaration
  • Plans for interconnectors with the UK and Germany, but unclear when these cable will be operating

A CEDREN’s preliminary study found that there is broad support among involved parties for the concept of Norway as “Europe’s green battery”. Currently, the largest obstacles to Norwegian involvement in a regime to supply balancing power to Europe relate to environmental issues and disturbance to the natural surroundings. In addition, other obligations are important e.g. the EU Water Framework Directive and national commitments related to biodiversity.