Further development of the power systems will be needed to maintain the high level of security of supply required by a modern society, to facilitate value creation as well as addressing the issue of climate change with a required share of renewable energy production.

‘We have experienced that grid expansions and upgrading of existing grid systems take a long time, and that such processes have become increasingly time consuming in recent years. In such a situation it will be fundamental to think long term and to maintain and develop good collaboration between different stakeholders in Norway and across national boundaries,’ Lont said.

An energy revolution

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that an energy revolution is required to achieve the CO2 reductions necessary to prevent temperatures from increasing above the target of two degrees Celsius. The energy revolution is all about developing new solutions and transforming the energy systems from fossil fuels to sustainable solutions. In the EU the energy revolution has already started. Norway will be a part of it, even though Norwegian power production is based on close to 100 per cent hydropower.

‘Statnett is guided by Norwegian challenges and Norwegian policies. At the same time, we will be influenced by the situation in neighbouring countries, the EEA agreement and by the EU climate policy. Norway can also be affected if the competitiveness of Norwegian industry is changed, Lont said.

This trend confirms Statnett's plans to develop the next generation transmission system. The demand for security of supply is increasing, whilst climate change policies and requirements related to value creation put further pressure on the situation.