This is an archived release.
Low consumption of electricity
Gross domestic consumption of electricity came to 11 658 GWh in March. This is 11.6 per cent less than in the corresponding month last year and 3.8 per cent less than the average for March in the period 2000-2006. Net imports amounted to 235 GWh in March 2007, compared with net exports in March 2006.
The consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing amounted roughly to a quarter of the total gross domestic consumption and came to 2 707 GWh. This is 2.1 per cent lower than in the same month last year.
The consumption in the category “Gross domestic consumption subtracted consumption in energy-intensive manufacturing” was 8 951 GWh in March, a decline of 14.1 per cent compared with the same month last year and 4.5 per cent lower than the average for March in the period 2000-2006. The high temperature throughout March may have affected the consumption of electricity. The average temperature for Norway was 4.1 degrees above the normal in March and the highest ever recorded for this month.
Low production of power
Production of power came to 11 423 GWh in March. This is 16.2 per cent lower than in March last year and 5.3 per cent lower than the average for March in the period 2000-2006. The low consumption of electricity and low prices on the Nordic power exchange contributed to the decline in production.
At the beginning of March, the reservoir filling was 46.5 per cent. Throughout the month the reservoir filling fell by 5.4 percentage points and was 41.1 per cent at the end of week 12. The median filling in the same period of the last fifteen years is 42.8 per cent.
Exports and imports
Norway's imports and exports of electricity came to 808 GWh and 573 GWh respectively in March. The low production of power contributed to the high imports.