This is an archived release.
Continued high net imports of power
In February, net imports of power continued to be on a high level, while electricity production decreased. Compared to the record high level last month, net imports fell by 19 per cent. Nevertheless, net imports of 1.9 TWh is the highest level ever recorded in February.
Norway’s imports of electricity came to 1 994 GWh in February, while exports totalled just 101 GWh. This gave net imports of 1 893 GWh. Compared to February 2010, net imports increased by 1 368 GWh.
Lower electricity production
The production of electricity amounted to 10 515 GWh in February 2011; 16.7 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010.
According to NVE, the reservoir level was 27 per cent at the end of week 8. This is 10.8 percentage points below the level in February 2010, and 25.8 per cent lower than the median level for the same week in the period 1990-2010.
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 own 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: http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/10/08/10/elektrisitet_en/
Lower electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction
Electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction amounted to 8 230 GWh in February; a decrease of 8.1 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 2.4 degrees higher in February 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 2 613 GWh in February. This is 1.8 per cent higher compared to the same month in 2010.
Higher electricity consumption in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production
Electricity consumption in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production amounted to 527 GWh in February; 5.4 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010.