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Record high net imports of power
In January, net imports of power were record high, while electricity production decreased by 24.1 per cent compared to January 2010.
Norway’s imports of electricity came to 2 409 GWh in January, while exports totalled just 79 GWh. This gave net imports of 2 330 GWh, which is the highest level recorded. Compared to January 2010, net imports increased by 2 177 GWh.
Lower electricity production
The production of electricity amounted to 11 253 GWh in January 2011; 24.1 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010. The reduction can be viewed in conjunction with lower filling in the reservoirs. According to NVE, the reservoir level was 36.5 per cent at the end of week 4. This is 14.3 percentage points below the level in January 2010, and 26.1 per cent lower than the median level for the same week in the period 1990-2007.
From January 2011 and onwards there are some changes in the group consumption without power-intensive manufacturing and extraction. Consumption of electric power in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production and pulp and paper production are separated into separate consumer groups. Electricity consumption in pulp and paper production is now included in the group consumption in power-intensive manufacturing. Series that are affected by the reorganisation are updated back to January 2010. For further information see: About the statistics
Electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction
Electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction amounted to 8 996 GWh in January; a decrease of 13.6 per cent compared with the corresponding month last year. The reduction in consumption can be viewed in conjunction with higher average temperatures. The average temperature in Norway was 4.2 degrees higher in January compared with the same month last year. Households, services and manufacturing other than the power-intensive accounted for the majority of the consumption.
Higher electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing
Electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing came to 2 956 in January. This is 9.3 per cent higher compared to the same month in 2010.
Reduced electricity consumption in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production
Electricity consumption in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production amounted to 499 GWh in January; 9.6 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010. In 2010 consumption in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production totalled 5 404 GWh.