Roar Flåthen, LO Norway
«Value creation is about making the most of our national resources. For us, employment is most important. The energy supply situation in Norway is rather unique when it comes to value creation,” says President of LO Norway Roar Flåthen.
“Our ample energy resources generate employment and value creation for the whole country and across all industries. It is important that conditions for Norwegian industry are favourable enough to provide energy at competitive prices. Competitive and power-intensive industry requires conditions that will allow it to develop further. However, the industries must know when to strike and implement their investment plans in Norway. At the same time, there must be a balance which ensures that the energy industry is given conditions that allow the power plant owners to receive a reasonable rate of return. Public ownership ensures that the revenues benefit the general public.
«Finding a development solution which is efficient, environmentally friendly and which protects the natural landscape from unnecessary disruptions, is a challenging task. Green certificates and the introduction of a renewables directive will encourage production of substantial amounts of new renewable energy. We must make sure we use our energy surplus in the best possible way. Large-scale export is not a good solution. However, we need a sensible exchange of power to ensure a reliable supply of electricity in both dry and wet years.”
«We must have a secure and reliable supply of energy in the grid of the future without major price differences. All energy developments cause disruptions to the landscape, and grid developments are expensive. We should therefore restrict developments to what is appropriate and necessary. The use of reservoirs must be improved to prevent them from running dry in dry years. We must make sensible use of natural gas in the Norwegian energy system. This will relieve the grid and provide flexibility and back-up supply for dry years.”