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10 of Norway’s largest grid companies have challenged Norway to develop a comprehensive electrification strategy to achieve the goals of reducing emissions and developing new green industries.

According to them, by 2050, the main rule will be that transport by road, at sea and in the air takes place using emission-free energy. There are enormous opportunities in this.


In the areas of renewable energy and electrification, Norway is currently wearing the international leader jersey. It is already one of the most electrified countries in the world, and with a power supply almost exclusively based on renewable sources.


And Norway has some special advantages for succeeding in increased value creation and exports for new industries such as batteries, hydrogen, the maritime sector and optimization of the power system.


But the power supply must keep pace with developments.


The 10 grid companies are now experiencing a large influx of customers who want to electrify and use more grid capacity. At the same time, they are witness to a number of examples of a lack of supply capacity being an obstacle to the desired electrification, social and business development.


While building a local distribution network to meet the needs of ordinary customers is normally not very time and process consuming, for larger establishments and electrification of transport hubs with large power needs, it can take up to 5 years before the grid capacity is in place. 


If there are restrictions in the main grid the lead time can be 10 years and more. The 10 grid companies argue that a successful solution can only be developed if there is a common national strategy to resolve a number of key questions.