Low water levels at reservoirs force Norway's hydro plants offline

Drought years or high power export volumes undermine Norway’s ability to supply neighboring countries and meet national energy needs.

Most of Norway’s electricity comes from hydro plants, and adjustable output hereof is dependent on hydro reservoirs containing sufficient water volumes to generate sufficient power volumes and achieve intended network frequency.

Southern Norway’s reservoirs are at a historically low level for this time of year, and system operator Statnett has given price regions NO1, NO2 and NO5 a yellow designation, meaning a 5-25% probability of electricity rationing being necessary.

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