Merethe Storødegård, NHO
«No matter what industry you are in energy supply is essential for value creation,» says Merethe Storødegård, Regional Director of NHO Trøndelag.
«The main challenge for the Trøndelag region has been a lack of certainty as to whether we have sufficient power. This is about having sufficient transmission capacity as well as enough production to ensure predictability for business and industry.»
«We have seen extensive periods with an unpredictable energy situation; unpredictable in terms of having sufficient power, but also in terms of electricity prices. There are plans to increase the transmission capacity to Central Norway. However, if we in some periods have to pay comparatively more than other areas, business and industry in Central Norway will have a competitive disadvantage. To solve this we need both sufficient transmission capacity and higher production in the region.
«We know that there are special capacity challenges in dry years. At the moment I don’t feel too confident, and there are also some power intensive companies in the region that feel uncertain as to whether they will have enough power in the near future. The grid of the future, i.e. the main grid, regional grids and local grids, must have sufficient capacity to cover the emerging need for energy. But we must also produce enough energy ourselves.
«As regards our own production, it is evident that investments should be made in wind power. Green certificates are important in this respect. According to the current recommendations from the central authorities, the solution in Central Norway is renewable energy and increased transmission capacity. Small-scale power production is marginal in this region. The most obvious choice for Central Norway is wind power, combined with increased transmission capacity.