• Existing and new interconnectors from Norway to Europe facilitate the development of new renewable energy in the Nordic countries and the UK as well as on the Continent. The long-term objective is to reduce carbon emissions from 12 tonnes to two tonnes by 2050.

  • Green certificates will stimulate construction of 26.4 TWh of renewable energy inNorway and Sweden by 2020.

  • In Norway wewill focus on small-scale power, bioenergy and wind power. Central Norway is particularly suitable for development of wind power.

  • The fourth cable to Denmark, Skagerrak 4, will come online in 2014.

  • We are planning to build an interconnector between Norway and England in the next decade.

  • We are planning to build an interconnector between Norway and Germany in the next decade. In Germany there are two landfall alternatives.

  • Germany is focussing on renewable energy such as solar energy and, in particular, wind power.

Facilitate good climate solutions

The next generation main grid will be constructed to pave the way for the realisation of Norway’s political objective to build a climate-friendly energy system leading up to 2050. To achieve this, we need more production of renewable energy in Norway, and we need to facilitate lower emissions on the Continent.

The next generation main grid will enable Norway to electrify more of the consumption in the petroleum and transport sectors and as a replacement for fossil fuel for heating of buildings. This means we can be able to reach the UN’s target of reducing carbon emissions to two tonnes per person by 2050, compared with the current emissions of 12 tonnes.

Renewable energy

Statnett will facilitate the realisation of Norway’s production targets for renewable energy in a cost-efficient manner. In connection with the introduction of the electricity certificate market, Statnett wants to contribute to the connection of 13.2 TWh of new renewable energy production to the Norwegian grid by 2020. 

Small-scale hydro power and wind power

Statnett will give priority to facilitating renewable energy production in areas where this will be most efficient in a socio-economic perspective. The greatest potential for small-scale hydro power production is in Western Norway and in the county of Nordland. Statnett will prioritise significant wind power developments in Central Norway, as this is a deficit area which will benefit from new power production.

Our interconnectors from Southern Norway will also help develop more wind power on the Continent. We can turn off the hydropower production on windy days when wind turbines are generating electricity on the Continent, and on less windful days on the Continent Norway can export power from its water reservoirs. This will provide more net renewable energy.