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Norway plans to control hydro to safeguard power supply

With the country’s hydroelectric reservoirs now at low levels after a dry spring, Norwegian policymakers consider reducing electricity export to Europe, but any move to do so, barring emergency, must adhere to single energy market regulations, says interest group.

Steinsvik hydroelectric power station, Norway. | Photo: Libor Sojka/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

Norway is working on a mechanism to preserve its low hydropower reservoirs, effectively limiting electricity exports to western Europe just as its energy crunch deepens.

Refilling dams will be prioritized over power production when levels fall below seasonal averages, Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Aasland said in a statement on Monday.

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