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Record high net imports of power and low electricity production
In March, net imports of power were record high. Electricity production was reduced by 10 per cent, while gross domestic consumption decreased by about 2 per cent compared to the same month last year.
Norway’s imports of electricity came to 2 273 GWh in March, while exports totalled just 74 GWh. This gave net imports of 2 199 GWh; the second highest level ever recorded. Compared to March 2010, net imports increased by 70 per cent.
In the first quarter of 2011 net imports totalled 6 422 GWh. This is 4 447 GWh more than the same quarter last year.
Lower electricity production
The production of electricity amounted to 10 108 GWh in March 2011; 10 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010. In the first quarter, electricity production totalled 31 882 GWh; 17.6 per cent lower than the first quarter of 2010.
According to NVE, the reservoir level was 18.1 per cent at the end of March (week 13). This is 8.7 percentage points below the level in March 2010, and 21.4 per cent lower than the median level for the same week in the period 1990-2009.
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: About the statistics
Lower electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction
Electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction amounted to 7 858 GWh in March; a decrease of 2.5 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 1.5 degrees higher in March compared with the same month last year.
In the first quarter of 2011 consumption came to 25 088 GWh. This is 8.5 per cent lower compared to the same period last year. Households, services and manufacturing other than the power-intensive accounted for the majority of the consumption.
Small reduction in electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing
Electricity consumption in power intensive manufacturing came to 2 853 GWh in March. This is 0.8 per cent higher compared to the same month in 2010. So far this year consumption has totalled 8 422 GWh; 3.4 per cent higher than the same quarter in 2010.