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We need large-scale investment in local solar and wind energy in cities!

We need large-scale investment in local solar and wind energy in cities!

Debate: Urban renewables should also include investment in local wind in cities such as Stavanger and Sandnes.

The goal should be that metropolitan areas and cities are self-sufficient at approximately 50 percent renewable energy. To manage this, more aggressive investments must be made in ENØK, heat pumps, solar and domestic wind.
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I saw that MDG politician Erlend Christensen proposed a solar roof over a bicycle path. Making more use of nature built into cities, for solar and wind energy, is not in itself a stupid idea. On the basis of my previous participation as campaign leader in Motvind Norge, also for nuclear energy and against the Russian war in Ukraine, I want to highlight a joint effort for renewable energy while simultaneously increasing energy security.
Climate change and energy security must be combined, in large-scale investment in domestic solar and wind power. Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the climate crisis, we must recognize that these must be united in a common effort as cities become more self-sufficient in renewable energy. Therefore, measures must be taken to increase our energy security in cities and urban areas. This will require less interference with pristine nature and at the same time can have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The goal should be that metropolitan areas and cities are self-sufficient at approximately 50 percent renewable energy. To manage this, more aggressive investments must be made in ENØK, heat pumps, solar and domestic wind. But we cannot avoid large-scale investment in solar and domestic wind power in cities. In a project like this, wind power in urban areas and along infrastructure is probably the most effective way to achieve quick results.
The Forus area and the port of Tananger along the railway and motorway are some of the places to look closely. The government should address this, as well as require NVE to put in place a set of regulations and network tariffs that incentivize this.
Wind turbines between 10 and 60 meters in height are likely to be most appropriate, in order to increase energy security, but also to reduce disadvantages to the local environment.
The best place to start is for the municipalities of Stavanger and Sandnes, as part of their spatial planning work, to survey the potential for such energy production. In the fight against climate change, against the Russian hybrid energy war against Europe and the war in Ukraine, a joint effort is required not only of Europe and Norway, but also of business, municipalities and each of us.

In a project like this, wind power in urban areas and along infrastructure is probably the most effective way to achieve quick results. Forus and Port Tananger along the railway and highway are some places to look closely.