Nuclear reactor’s fate unclear

Norway’s nuclear reactor at Kjeller northeast of Oslo may be shut down on a permanent basis. A safety check revealed serious damage to the reactor, which dates from 1951. The reactor, originally built for research purposes, is the last of Norway’s two reactors after operations at the Halden reactor ended last year. Both have been […]

Reactor’s shutdown won’t halt research

After an embarrassing release of the news before an official decision was in place, the board of Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) has confirmed that it would permanently close the Halden Reactor. As environmental organizations cheered the decision, the board stressed that IFE will continue its nuclear research activities, concentrating on those that do […]

Sami protest windmill project

Demonstrators led by Sami reindeer herders blocked access to a construction site for what’s been billed as the largest windmill project in Europe this week. They claim the windmills at Storheia on the Fosen Peninsula in Trøndelag will violate the rights of Sami as an indigenous people, along with disturbing the natural environment. The protesters […]

Norway to join the EU’s energy union

Norway maintained its track record of never invoking its right to veto EU initiatives when a large majority in Parliament voted on Thursday to join the EU’s controversial energy union. The vote came after a long and hard debate that split both the opposition and the Labour Party, which sided with the Conservatives-led government coalition. […]

EU energy union gathers steam

A final vote won’t be taken until Thursday, but all indications are that a hotly contested government proposal for Norway to join a new EU energy union will win support from a large majority in Parliament. The political support that emerged this week, however, is at odds with public sentiment after a recent opinion poll […]

Sparks fly over the EU energy union

Debate over whether Norway should join the EU’s new energy union, and thus subject itself to EU market regulation, was reaching fever pitch this week. The issue has divided not only the Parliament but also the already-weakened Labour Party, as fears rise over the potential for much higher electricity rates that would hurt not only […]

Government saves a scenic waterway

Advocates of the environment and great outdoors could finally celebrate a victory over the Norwegian government on Monday, when Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Oil Minister Terje Søviknes announced they would protect a scenic waterway in the mountains of their home county of Hordaland in Western Norway. It’s called Øystesevassdraget, and it’s been the site […]

Biofuel may backfire as a budget bluff

Plans by the Norwegian government to mandate usage of much more biofuel, as another so-called “green” measure that helped secure last year’s state budget compromise, may end up backfiring as little more than a budget bluff. New statistics suggest that more production and consumption of biofuel may actually raise carbon emissions instead of lowering them, and at another huge […]

Mixed reaction to Statkraft privatization

A proposal to sell off some of the state’s stock in the now wholly state-owned electricity producer Statkraft has received a mixed reaction from the Members of Parliament who’d need to approve the partial privatization. The proposal, put forward by the Conservative Party that leads Norway’s minority coalition government, is backed by its two small […]

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 […]