This is an archived release.
Lower production and high import
The production of power came to 12 264 GWh in January. This is a 17.2 per cent decline compared with the same month last year and 8.4 per cent lower than in January 2004. The low production of power contributed to net imports of 338 GWh.
Hydro power amounted to 12 062 GWh of total power production, thermal power 107 GWh and wind power 95 GWh. Wind power has increased considerably since 2001, but still represents a small part of the total production.
At the beginning of January, the reservoir filling was 66.0 per cent. Throughout the month it fell by 4.9 percentage points and was 61.1 per cent at the end of week 4. Average filling at the end of January for the past fifteen years has been 62.6 per cent. .
Net import of electricity
Imports of electricity came to 1 047 GWh in January, the third highest import figure for power recorded for this month. Exports of power amounted to 709 GWh. Power imports has exceeded exports in Norway in the last five months. An integrated Nordic power market is important for Norway in order to ensure a more stable power supply.
Lower consumption of electricity
Gross domestic consumption of electricity (total production plus net import) was 12 602 GWh in January, 6.8 per cent lower than in the corresponding month last year. Power consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing came to 2 633 GWh, which is a decline of 5.9 per cent compared with January 2006.
Consumption in the category "Gross domestic consumption subtracted consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing" was 9 969 GWh, a decline of 7.1 per cent compared with the corresponding month last year.