Norwegian control mechanism to improve security of electricity supply

Last updated: 9 May 2023

The Norwegian Government is introducing a control mechanism including statutory responsibilities for hydropower producers to ensure the security of electricity supply. The mechanism will be finalised before the 2023/2024 winter season. It consists of the following measures:

  • A statutory responsibility for hydropower producers to ensure security of supply.
  • Formalisation of the existing reporting system for hydropower producers.
  • A requirement for hydropower producers to establish strategies for security of supply, and establishing inspection and enforcement powers for the energy authorities, including the power to impose penalties.
  • Authorising the energy authorities to intervene in hydropower reservoir management in energy shortage risk situations.
  • Clarification that during the risk of energy shortages, interconnector capacity may be curtailed.

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