Oluf Ulseth, Energy Norway
”The costs of investing too late in a new grid are significantly higher than the costs of investing early. This is because an insufficient supply of energy will impact the whole society,” says CEO of Energy Norway Oluf Ulseth i Energy Norway.
”The electricity grid keeps society running, both at home and at work. Energy supply is a vital national infrastructure which creates value both in the power sector per se and through value creation in other sectors that are dependent on electricity”.
”We need a stronger grid to develop more renewable energy. In our current situation, and with the introduction of green certificates, we are risking that investment in renewable energy will not take place in Norway unless we have sufficient grid capacity. This would result in a loss of value for companies, regions, employment, tax revenues and for society at large”.
”Strengthening the main grid is more important than ever. However, it seems to take longer and cost more. That’s worrying. It is essential that we do this in a cost-efficient manner. This means that we need efficient government processes. Both Statnett and our contractors must do their best, and we must establish a good dialogue with local communities. To make rapid progress it is important that everyone works together.”
”We are impatient when it comes to the Norwegian main grid. We are also impatient to establish cables from abroad and we would like to see a more rapid progress. We have to strengthen the grid connections between Norway and our neighbours. This is important in order to improve security of supply, for value creation in Norway and, not least, because it will pave the way for a climate-friendly energy system in the future. This means we need a stronger grid in Norway and between Norway and other countries.”