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Lower electricity production in 2013
Electricity generation came to 134.2 TWh in 2013. This is 9.2 per cent lower compared with 2012 when the production level was at a record high.
|December 2013||Percentages||Change in per cent from the same month in last year|
|Total production of power||13 127||100,0||-10.2|
|Hydro power||12 512||95.3||-11.2|
|Net consumption of electricity||11 431||100,0||-12.7|
|Consumption in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas||589||5.2||-4.7|
|Total consumption of electricity in power intensive manufacturing||2 879||25.2||0.1|
|Consumption without power intensive manufacturing||7 963||69.7||-17.0|
Among other things, the decline in the electricity production may be seen in conjunction with a reduction in the inflow of water and filling from 2012 to most of 2013. According to the Norwegian Water and Energy Resources, the sum of inflow was 126.8 TWh in 2013. This is 3.2 TWh less than normal and 6.8 TWh less than in 2012.
Hydro power the dominating type of production
Hydro power accounted for 96.1 per cent of the total electricity production in 2013, while thermal and wind power accounted for 2.5 and 1.4 per cent respectively. Compared to 2012, there were only marginal changes in the shares of production.
Net export of power
Norway’s export of power totalled 15.1 TWh in 2013, while imports came to 10.1 TWh. This gave a net export of 5 TWh. In 2012, there was a net export of 17.8 TWh.
Small decline in the total electricity consumption
The gross consumption of electricity came to 129.2 TWh in 2013; a decrease of 0.6 per cent compared with 2012. The gross consumption of electricity encompasses consumption in the groups extraction of crude oil and natural gas, power-intensive manufacturing and electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction. Net loss, pump storage use and other own consumption in the power stations are also included.
Small reduction in the electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing
Electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing was 34.4 TWh in 2013. This is 0.1 per cent lower compared with 2012. Power-intensive manufacturing utilises electricity for the production of goods. Hence, the electricity consumption is not influenced by temperature.
Decrease in the electricity consumption in extraction of crude oil and natural gas
Electricity consumption in plants for extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas on the mainland, including electricity distributed from the mainland to the Norwegian shelf, amounted to 6.2 TWh in 2013. This is 2.1 per cent less compared with the previous year. The electricity consumption in extraction on the mainland encompasses receiving and processing plants for crude oil and natural gas.
Increase in the electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction
Electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction amounted to 76.6 TWh in 2013; an increase of 0.9 per cent compared with 2012. Households, services and manufacturing other than power-intensive manufacturing account for the majority of the electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction. Electricity consumption in households amounts to approximately 50 per cent of the electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction.