New energy production will not get cheaper

New energy production will not get cheaper

Conservative city council representative in Skåne Håvard Pavlsen has a well-written article in Varden on February 9 about “Renewable energy production is a responsibility we must take today – and we must take responsibility in our municipality.” He points out that work to obtain more renewable energy cannot be postponed, but that will create conflicts.

I completely agree that we must address this work as soon as possible. But Pavlsen missed the mark in my opinion when he concluded that “both industry, and not least most people, should have access to more affordable and predictable energy production.”

Yes, predictability is important. But the idea that we need large amounts of new energy, and that it will be cheaper, is surprising to people. You can't have both a bag and a bag in this world. We should provide significantly more power to Google and other large developments in Herøya, Norcem, etc. But it won't/shouldn't be cheaper. We waste what is cheap. If there is one thing we should not do from now on, it is wasting energy. It will now be difficult to get enough power for Google's data storage center. But how much data should be stored, and for how long. When you think about what each of us saves and stores, I think there is a need for rules and procedures that delete unnecessary data to a greater extent. Google must be supplied with enough power, but it does not have to be cheap. First, there are large amounts of energy to be gained from energy savings in terms of heating, lighting and production. So I think we need to use wind turbines in one form or another. But the largest windmills do not have to be on the highest peaks and in natural areas untouched by human hands. Small, not very efficient windmills, located in already developed areas and already affected natural areas, will save energy, but are not as cheap as can be achieved with the largest windmills on the largest peaks. Likewise, offshore wind turbines. There are many considerations to take into account, and it is not certain that you can place windmills where the wind is blowing the most, if it is also in the middle of a bird migration. In terms of solar energy, there is great potential for placing solar cells on roofs and perhaps walls. But it may take more support to speed this up, and some improvements in regulations. In the parking lot of the Powerhouse in Porsgrunn, solar energy is produced in the superstructure above the cars. There are great opportunities here in many parking lots around Greenland. But it is certainly not the cheapest to set up, and perhaps a fee should be charged for parking as there is no fee yet. We also have geothermal/rock heating, biogas plants etc. and long term nuclear power. Regarding nuclear energy, I think there should be a national clarification from the central authorities before individual municipalities start investigating this matter. The focal point should be how to deal with waste resulting from nuclear energy production.

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