This is an archived release.
High consumption of power
Consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing declined, while the category «other consumption», which comprises household consumption, consumption in the service sector and other manufacturing, experienced an increase of 10.7 per cent. This was the highest level for the month of March since the monthly statistics started in 1979.
Gross domestic consumption of electricity rose by 6.1 per cent compared to the same period last year and amounted to 13 182 GWh. Consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing fell by 8.8 per cent compared to March 2005 and was 2 704 GWh.
Colder than usual
Gross domestic consumption subtracted consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing amounted to 10 478 GWh in March. The main reason for the high increase was lower temperatures than normal. Monthly temperature for the whole country was 3.5 degrees Celsius below normal.
Production of electricity still high
Production of electricity in March was still high and was 23 627 GWh. This represents a small increase of 0.1 per cent compared to March last year. Only in the year 2000 has the production in March been higher. Export of power amounted to 921 GWh, and import of electricity was 476 GWh. Net export was 445 GWh.
Precipitation was only 80 per cent of normal for Norway in March. In several places this has been the driest March month since 1974.The reservoir filling was in mid March 41.8 per cent of total capacity. This is almost the same level as same period last year but 3.7 percentage points below the median. Spot price on Noordpool in mid March was 45.5 NOK øre/kWh, the spot price for same week in 2005 was 26.9 NOK øre/kWh.
See also Prices of electric energy .