The government has requested advisory data for a solution called “More of Everything – Faster”. They are for unrestricted energy development: the synapse is on, and as much as possible from nature must be removed after as little analysis as possible in order to get as much energy as possible from all sources.
The analysis takes it for granted that Norway will run an energy deficit in 2030. It is far from a given and not at all necessary. Norway today has an energy surplus of between 15 and 18 TWh in a normal year. At the same time, we can quickly implement several actions that can increase this deficit without introducing new interventions that are significant in nature. According to NVE (Vassdragsvesenet), there is great potential in both energy saving and the improvement of existing hydroelectric power plants. According to local information (from Lyse Energi), upgrading existing hydroelectric power plants will be profitable as long as they can sell power for at least 50 kWh. We remind you that prices are currently much higher than that, mostly a multiple of this, even if they fluctuate wildly. There is nothing other than political will that can prevent us from carrying out such measures – which in a few years could release tens of terawatts of electricity. Without major new interventions in nature.
But no matter how much we produce, the excess can always be wasted. Energy is a limited resource that must be used for socially useful activities: for socially useful production, meeting the energy needs of the country’s citizens. Energy should not be wasted, for example on the production of cryptocurrencies, nor on the electrification of off-the-shelf oil production – a production that has managed to outperform for years without any other energy supply than that provided by the production platform itself by drilling for oil and gas in the ocean depths. Electrification of these works would quite rightly reduce polluting emissions on the Norwegian continental shelf, but only to export the same emissions abroad, and so they would be wasted as a measure to reduce global climate problems. The offload must instead be picked up on the rack and sent back to the sea floor. This requires cork power cables from the ground or offshore wind on the shelf.
If the governing authorities prioritize energy saving and also make sure that old hydroelectric power plants are equipped with new technology, an additional 30-40 TWh of energy will easily be released, and possibly much more. If the rack is allowed to be electrified, the planned future week of consumption of 20 TWh will be saved. Together, this will provide us with large amounts of energy for the green transition in the future. And we would like to remind you that the “green sledge” must be completely green, that is, friendly to nature, and must not lead to the large-scale destruction of nature that we will experience today and in the foreseeable future.
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The government, NHO, parties on the right and some others want large scale investments in wind power. Wind energy is the least efficient form of energy and causes the most damage to nature. We don’t know who benefits from wind energy or where the money from wind energy ends up. Many people may end up in tax havens. Not because wind power is profitable – on the contrary, it is only profitable so long as it is supported by the special tax break that applies only to wind power, and so long as the energy can be sold at the prices set on the EU market. I, the taxpayer, are the ones who support the wind power company’s dividend. And the authorities voluntarily handed over our natural forces to foreign capital.
Successful management of energy resources requires democratic political control. We cannot leave Norwegian energy policy to the EU. The government should instead follow through on the measures proposed by the Alternative Energy Commission, https://a-ek.no/
In 2019, the parliamentary majority adopted the EU’s “Energy Package 3”, thus deciding that the EU should govern energy policy. The “package” established that energy should flow freely across national borders at energy prices set by the EU market, with the aim of reaching the maximum possible price for all energy in the entire EU including the European Economic Area. The private energy agency, ACER, has the authority to implement this. The Norwegian authorities have not taken control since then. Therefore, electricity prices have skyrocketed. Now I have to take back control!
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