Another strike can cut out electricity

Just as signs emerged that Norway’s train strike may be rolling towards a settlement, another strike threatened to result in power failures around the country. Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers may be affected after a strike by electrical workers spread again this week. The strike has been underway since talks broke down more than a month […]

IEA urges higher electricity rates

If there’s one thing that’s relatively reasonably priced in Norway, it’s electricity, but international experts think electricity rates could and should double within the next 15 years. They also think diesel- and gasoline-driven cars will all but disappear by 2050. These are among conclusions in a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the independent organization set […]

Electricity bills going up

Full reservoirs in the mountains of Norway were expected to provide an abundant supply of hydroelectric power this winter, and keep household electricity bills low. Higher taxes on electricity, however, mean most Norwegians are seeing a rise in their monthly bills. News bureau NTB reports that higher consumption tax is being tacked on to the so-called […]

Extreme cold sets electricity records

An Arctic freeze that descended first on Northern Norway, and now on Southern Norway, has led to record levels of electricity consumption in the country’s most northerly counties. Never before had they used as much electricity as they did on Wednesday of this week. Statnett, in charge of Norway’s power grid, reported that Finnmark, Troms […]

New power cables abroad ‘will boost prices at home’

An announcement on Monday that state power network operator Statnett has won approval to build new electricity cables to Germany and the UK means electricity prices in Norway are likely to rise, according to analysts. The government, however, thinks the new undersea cables will make better use of Norway’s power system. Norway’s possibilities for exporting electricity […]

Thousands lose power in Oslo

Thousands of households and businesses in Oslo were without electricity on Wednesday after an excavation accident led to a fires in several transformer stations. Construction workers dug into high-powered cables near the sewage treatment plant at Bekkelag pier. The power failure affected the areas of Bekkelaget, Nordstrand, Gamlebyen in the downtown area and all the […]

Electricity prices tumble

A mild winter combined with unseasonably heavy amounts of rain has led to lower electricity consumption and low electricity rates. Figures compiled by Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) indicate the lowest electricity bills in seven years. Consumption is down 5 percent from last year, reported NRK. A family living in a detached home has saved around NOK […]

Warm, wet winter set to continue

Norway has experienced its eighth warmest December since 1900, with torrential rainfall second only to December 1975. The deluge has pushed power prices to a seven-year low, and meteorologists predict the mild conditions will continue. Large areas of the inner eastern region were between six and eight degrees Celsius warmer than average, and parts of […]

East Oslo hit by massive power cut

An estimated quarter of the Norwegian capital was blacked out in the early morning hours of Wednesday after a massive power failure hit much of Oslo’s east and south sides. The loss of electricity shut down all lines of Oslo’s metro system (T-bane). Oslo’s tram system was also affected by the power cut, on the […]

Major power cut hit western Norway

More than 100,000 residents of western Norway were without electricity for several hours on Thursday evening, because of an error in a transformer station at Ørskog. The power cut hit customers of power companies Tussa and Tafjord Kraft. They serve customers throughout the area known as Sunnmøre, including Ålesund, Volda, Østra, Ulstein, Herøy and many […]