Norway wants to be offshore wind exporter

The aim of 30GW offshore wind is meant to underpin supply security and contribute to lower energy prices, states Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. But energy also has to be transmitted to Europe, and the next tender could ties to other nations.

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Wednesday, the Norwegian government presented its new ambitions within offshore wind. In 2040, 30GW of offshore wind will have to be announced. That almost doubles the present Norwegian capacity. According to NVE, Norway currently has 33.4 GW of hydropower, 4.7 GW of onshore wind energy and 0.7 GW of thermal energy.

Offshore wind will have to be used to cover the expected increase in energy consumption in Norway in the coming years, and it will also help the rest of Europe transition to sustainable energy. At the press conference, however, the focus was first and foremost on the matter of securing Norway’s access to more energy, which was also what Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre highlighted when asked by EnergyWatch.

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