Higher electricity prices for households


The average price of electricity for households, excluding taxes and grid rent, was 33.3 øre per Kwh in the third quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 9 per cent compared to the third quarter in 2016.

The overall price of electricity for households, including grid rent and taxes, was on average 95.2 øre per kWh in the third quarter of 2017, according to updated figures from Electricity prices. This is over 5 per cent higher compared to third quarter in 2016.

Of the overall price of electricity in the second of 2017 the grid rent amounted to 27.9 øre per kWh, taxes 34 øre per kWh and the price of electricity to 33.3 øre per kWh.


Figure 1. Electricity prices, grid rent and taxes for households

According to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), the main reason for the increase in electricity prices in the third quarter of 2017, compared with the previous year, is due to high export of electricity because of unusually much stops in production of Swedish nuclear power. The increased price could also be associated with a higher price level for coal.

Contracts with variable price were most expensive

Households with variable price contracts had the most expensive contract type in the third quarter of 2017 with an average electricity price of 36 øre per kWh, excluding taxes and grid rent. For households with contracts tied to the spot price, which is the most common type of contract, the average electricity price was 32.3 øre per kWh. New fixed-price contracts lasting than one year had the cheapest contract type in third quarter of 2017. The average electricity price for these were 31 øre / kWh. Few households have gets power through fixed-price contracts, and these contracts represent a very low proportion of total power consumption.

Figure 2. Price of electric energy for households, taxes and grid rent excluded. 3rd quarter 2017

Price Øre/kWh
New fixed price contracts – 1 year or less 31.0
New fixed price contracts –1 year or more 32.0
All other fixed-price contracts 31.9
Contracts tied to spot price 32.3
Variable price (not tied to spot price) 36.0

Figure 3. Distribution of contract types. 3rd quarter 2017

Fixed-price contracts Contracts tied to spot price Variable price contracts
Households 3.80 69.60 26.60
Services 7.40 88.30 4.30
Manufacturing excl. energy-intensive manufacturin 9.90 87.70 2.40