Norwegians have responded to their much-higher electricity rates by dramatically cutting consumption. New figures show double-digit declines in usage so far this autumn.
NVE, the state agency in charge of Norway’s mostly hydroelectric power, reports that Norwegian households cut their electricity consumption by 17 percent in September and 14 percent in October compared to the same months last year. The reduction isn’t only because of warmer temperatures in both months either: NVE reported that its analysis released on Monday was adjusted for temperature variations.
Electricity consumption has also fallen throughout the year, according to NVE, by 6.1TWh compared to 2021. Rates have declined in recent weeks but consumption is likely to stay low because of new habits and warnings that rates can creep up again.