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Green certifications gave a lot of extra power – NRK Vestland

the last one Quarterly Report From the NVE states that the energy production that complies with certification in Norway is 19.1 TWh.

Annual consumption in Oslo for comparison About 9 TWh quarterly.

Since the deadline to build the electricity certification scheme expires early in the year, this is sort of a decision to gain green certification.

This shows that the Norwegian-Swedish electricity certificate market has been an effective tool, says Evind Heloy, aHe is Director of Renewable Energy at Norwegian Energy.

The planned target was 13.2 TWh.

The electrical certification system has been a success. Without these 19 terawatt hours, the price of electricity in Norway would have been higher, says Jon Evang Responsible for Energy at Zero Environmental Foundation.

Electricity certificate, you said? step back.

Then: In 2011, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe (Sp) and colleague Maud Olofsson signed a Norwegian-Swedish agreement that would make investing in renewables more profitable.

Photo: Sandberg, Frederick / Scanpix

On June 29, 2011, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe (Sp) and colleague Maud Olofsson signed a Norwegian-Swedish agreement that would secure “hundreds of wind power plants” and make it more profitable to invest in renewables such as water, wind, solar and bioenergy.

Day “Green Certificates” It is financed by electricity customers who pay an additional cost to energy suppliers on their electricity bill.

The goal was to achieve 46.4 TWh of new energy by 2030. Of this, Norwegian electricity customers had to finance 13.2 TWh, while the Swedes had to take the rest. Figures from NVE show that the scheme to date has cost Norwegian electricity customers NOK 10.3 billion.

Norwegian politicians agree that the development of wind turbines is a good contribution to climate conservation. Therefore, the government has introduced a green certificate, a scheme that means that ordinary electricity customers will support the development of wind and small energy in Norway. But does developing wind turbines in Norway necessarily provide a better climate in the world?

I regret the most

But the scheme was controversial. A report from 2012 was given the expressive name «Green certificate, animals and pointless fun».

One of the programme’s maternity aides, former Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Environment, Heidi Sorensen (SV), stated that green certificates are what ‘Sorry more than anything’ Who says time in politics.

– The green certificate scheme is practically a subsidy for serious damages of a Norwegian nature, And therefore ho joined NRK in 2012.

In addition, the price of the certificate collapsed due to the energy newspaper Europower pointing to “huge superstructure” The cost of developing wind energy has decreased in line with technological development. Today, certification costs around 2 SEK/MWh. At the most expensive, it amounted to almost 400 crowns.

In total, it was therefore decided to cancel the certificates earlier than planned by end of 2021 instead of 2030.

A modification that in turn led to a “battle against the clock” in the wind power industry, which was able to meet the deadline.

Green relief also created one “fairy tale” in the small energy industry.

In 2013 and 2017 – often referred to as the “small power boom” – 859 small power plant applications were handled by NVE.

Solid benefits for society

Parallel to the criticism, the testimonies also had supporters.

The scheme contributed to the development of technology so that wind power on Earth can now be built without subsidies. It provides powerful benefits to society in the form of affordable electricity in the coming years, says Robert Kibe, Director of Communications at Nooria.

Knut Lockert is a daily leader in Distriktsenergi, a national interest organization for Norwegian energy companies.

The scheme has been a success in the sense that the energy production target was reached well before the deadline, at a low price for electricity customers, he says.

NRK previously reported that eight wind turbines were commissioned in 2021, which together produce 1.7 TWh. In addition, 53 new small hydropower plants were registered, which together produce 0.7 TWh.

Not all of these certifications are yet certified, so the overall volume may increase.

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