Not Much Wind In Norway
By Paul Homewood
We’ve been discussing interconnectors with Norway, as a way of getting “clean, cheap, reliable energy”, according to a letter in today’s Telegraph from the Norwegian Wind Energy Association.
Much of the UK’s offshore wind industry is operated by Statoil and Statkraft, the state owned energy companies. It may come as some surprise, therefore, to learn that Norway itself produces no more than a pittance of wind power.
These are the primary energy consumption numbers from BP for last year:
Renewable energy, which is virtually all wind, only accounts for 1.3% of total energy. (BP classify hydro separately).
In terms of electricity generation, wind contributes just 1.7%.
It seems that Statoil and Statkraft are very partial to UK subsidies, but don’t rate wind power enough to build them at home!