Wind power key to sensible renewable energy policy

The Norwegian Wind Energy Association (NORWEA) is the voice of the Norwegian wind industry, actively promoting the utilization of wind power in Norway and the Nordic countries. The Association is situated in the heart of Oslo, ensuring close proximity to the Norwegian decision makers.

NORWEA has more than 90 corporate members, which builds proof of a Norwegian industry in its take-off position. In addition, NORWEA works closely with the other Nordic wind energy associations and together all this makes Scandinavia’s most powerful wind energy network.

NORWEA works closely with the European Wind Energy Association in order to communicate EU policy to its member companies and decision makers. NORWEA provides services to support members’ requirements including interconnection between member companies, high profile seminars and information on the latest research, analysis and regulatory decisions.

A Cleaner Future Lead by Norway
Current global trends in energy supply and consumption are patently unsustainable. Europe is now making a historical move towards a cleaner future. Norwegian wind power will be essential in providing Europe with non-carbon energy, and along with gas and hydro power wind will become the third dimension of the Norwegian energy success story.

In terms of energy resources Norway is in an outstanding position. Norway, a pioneer within the development of hydro power, is alone accounting for more than 45% of the total European hydro power production. Our hydro power has created the basis for a security of supply unique to the European energy market. With the enormous potential within wind power, Norway has the means of becoming a major player in the European transition into a low-carbon energy future. Norway will become for Europe in renewable energy what Saudi Arabia is for the USA in oil.

Increasing Potential for Norwegian Hydro & Wind Power
The EU-directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, the so-called RES-directive, creates historical opportunities for Norwegian energy producers, rural development policies and society as a whole. As Europe moves into renewable energy dependency, our hydro power will increase its value through the potential of balancing the peak and load from wind power. With wind power development in Norway, this potential will be even larger.

Investments in wind power are characterized by sound and lasting rural policy. The works on Kjøllefjord wind power plant employed more than 50 people, and during the one-year installation process more than NOK 40 million were generated in the small community of Lebesby. The small town is now witnessing a trend-end to a decade of vast emigration. Through a push into the realization of the enormous wind power potential spread out in rural Norway, the Lebesby success story could be repeated with the power and will of the Norwegian coastal communities.

Norwegian wind power will play a substantial role in the European approach to a sustainable future. Not only will the mix of our hydro and wind power provide Europe directly and indirectly with clean renewable energy, but it will also become a part of Norway’s energy success – environmentally, economically and socially. And as the Norwegian success story so far has been limited to oil and hydro, the country is about to create the perfect energy triangle made up of economic growth, security of supply and finally and outmost, sustainability from the power of wind.

NORWEA
Wergelandsveien 23B
NO-0167 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 23 3 6 58 77
E-mail: post@norwea.no
Website: www.norwea.no

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