Norwegian Politics, Net Pa Chuck | Energy expert:

Norwegian Politics, Net Pa Chuck |  Energy expert:

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Electricity prices above eight kroner per kilowatt hour were not due to “market” and “liberalization”, but rather to the complete mismanagement of public and political administration.

Red politician Boye Ullmann firmly believes that the market is responsible for all that hurts, forgetting that almost 100% of Norwegian power generation belongs to the state and municipalities and is passed on to consumers via Stotnet.

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Some sections of the red and union movement deviated 600,000 from focusing on cheap electricity, to discuss the EEA agreement and power cables – that is, utopian solutions that are not majority in Storting.

Electricity prices are a political choice

In Norway, both production, distribution and the sale of power are under political control. It is not the evil bosses who are hiding profits in their pockets, but the municipalities and the government in power.

FOr recommended to anyone who wants to understand what created the high price Blog of Sverre Aam – Now Special Adviser, formerly Top Manager at Sintef Energi AS for many years.

Read it here: What is happening in the world of the energy market?

In short, the country’s foremost expert describes how the earlier prudent political choice to combine Norwegian hydropower with European coal power, gas power and nuclear power became a nightmare for Norwegian consumers.

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– Norway, a hydropower country, was very effective in establishing power exchanges with Europe. Norway got good electricity because hydropower reservoirs could increase their production easily and quickly. Also, he writes yes that we can easily operate hydropower plants and buy electricity from the EU to save purchases in our hydropower reservoirs.

– Then we can buy electricity for cheap money at night and on weekends and at high prices during the day on weekdays. Buy cheap, sell expensive – yes that’s a good shop, he writes.

Gas price has gone crazy

Previously Europe produced sustainably, Norway could shift our power generation further and further down.

Europe has now decided to reduce sustainable production and rely on wind and sun. For all intents and purposes, gas prices have gone up, so it now costs 300-330 re to produce electricity from gas per kilowatt hour.

Conclusion: What used to be brilliant is still very profitable for the state and municipalities, but now it is more expensive for Norwegian consumers.

And to answer the question of Rødt politician Boye Ullmann, there is no answer – I do not dream that the market will be sustainable.

I do not feel that electricity for Norwegian homes is very suitable for the market.

But that does not mean I want more public administration and worse political solutions!

The government is earning in bulk and ordinary people are being burned

As Sintef consultant Sverre Aam rightly points out, the Norwegian government earns a lot by selling expensive gas to Europe, while Norwegian power producers pay well for written hydropower, while ordinary people pay the price.

– The price of electricity means a huge tax increase in principle, in which no one went to the polls. Writes yes.

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It will last a long time: – Gas prices will not fall again until the summer and if there is a reasonable level, it could unfortunately be many years of frustrated citizens in Norway and the EU, he concludes pointing out that the crisis package. Electricity is temporary and it does not provide adequate compensation to citizens.

The latter is an important point. Norway benefits greatly from higher gas prices and higher electricity prices, but politicians cannot pass the bill to Norwegian consumers. The simplest solution is a permanent solution, for example, with a maximum price of 35 re – perhaps the state will cover all of the above.

There is no Rødt’s “extra tax” on electricity

All three parties and Alta’s resistance list support the maximum price for electricity:

  • Both the Christian People’s Party, the Red Party, the Patient Focus and the Progress Party voted a maximum of 50 re per kilowatt hour – all other parties voted against.
  • Red primarily requires 35 re, but only up to 2,000 kilowatt hours. For ordinary people who spend a lot, only 50 percent of prices up to 70 re 5,000 kilowatt hours are recommended, and above that there is zero support.

Rødt’s primary proposal is actually worse than those of the government’s high power users, who use more than 2,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month in winter, and that proposal only received Rdt’s votes. The party chose to support the other parties’ proposal for a maximum price of 50 re per kilowatt hour.

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Such a two-step scheme, which Rødt primarily prefers, in practice imposes additional taxes on many electricity users, who have to pay for greedy public power actors and bad political administration.

General strike to reduce electricity prices

Red politician Boye Ullmann is undoubtedly involved in the rise in electricity prices, and at the same time he called for a major strike on February 15, while opening up the possibility of a general strike.

It is good that the union movement is committed to providing cheap electricity to ordinary people, but not if they want to prevent a high-priced system that discriminates against people living in poorly insulated homes and using more than 2,000 kilowatts of electricity. Winter months.

It is not about a left-wing habitual thinking where different power consumer groups are set up against each other, but about all power consumers. That is why more than 600,000 people have joined the resistance group.

While Rødt has always wanted to take money from middle- and high-income earners, the electricity price crisis has revolved around a case where the state and municipalities are on one side – and consumers on the other.

The losers are ordinary people and companies, and compensation must be paid for all the extraordinary high electricity prices that may continue for many years.

The market is unsuitable for producing monopoly services such as electricity and water, but it is no better because public monopolies make gross profits and pass the bill on to consumers.

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