The transmission grid is a central part of society's infrastructure. Planning and constructing the grid according to needs and profitability is one of Statnett's most important tasks. Through efficient grid development, the goal is to contribute to increased value creation, facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and maintain a safe power supply.
Grid capacity will experience a boost in many parts of the country towards the first half of 2020. This will result in improved supply security in vulnerable areas such as northern Norway, the greater Oslo area and the Stavanger region. We have the capacity to process a significant amount of new consumption and production, and will have two international interconnectors to Germany and England in operation. With this in place, we are now entering a new phase where the overall level of investment is most likely to decline. During this phase, we will be increasingly focused on utilizing the grid, upgrading old grid facilities, and the need to keep costs and tariffs down. At the same time, Statnett will have to fulfil a societal need that has the potential to develop in a different manner than we are currently experiencing. We are therefore actively working to be a step ahead through plans that consider this uncertainty.
The Norwegian Grid Development Plan 2017 (Nettutvkilngsplanen – NUP) is our public, main report and a summary of the Power System Plan (Kraftsystemutredningen). Requirements with regards to the plan’s contents are regulated through the Energy Act's Regulations relating to energy planning. Statnett also provides the 2017-21 System Operation and Market Development Plan (Systemdrifts- og markedsutviklingsplan 2017-21, SMUP). Together, these two reports describe how Statnett aims to fulfil its societal role in the most comprehensive and cost-effective manner possible.