Norway Assesses High Potential for Wind Energy

Wind energy could generate 480 terrawatt-hours of electricity each year in Norway, and double that level if lower speed wind resources were used.

OSLO, Norway, NO, 2001-06-18 [SolarAccess.com] Wind energy could generate 480 terrawatt-hours of electricity each year in Norway, and double that level if lower speed wind resources were used. A study by the Norwegian Water Resources & Energy Directorate (NVE) shows that wind conditions along the coast and in some mountain areas are very good, but potential development is limited by high power prices, the amount of state funding and public resistance to turbines. “It is unlikely that wind power can be developed without a significant amount of state funding,” says the NVE report. It compares wind power with the country’s hydroelectric development, where economic and environmental concerns have restricted development to one quarter of the country’s 600 TWh of potential. The contribution from wind could be increased if Norway were to lower its requirement for yearly average wind speed from 8 m/s at 50 m above ground, down to 7 m/s. Denmark recently changed its requirement for wind speed.
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