Picture of the facade of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).
Picture of the facade of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).
Picture of the facade of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).

Norwegian Parliament rejects proposal for more ambitious offshore wind policy

A recent motion for a more ambitious offshore wind policy in Norway was rejected by the Norwegian Parliament on Tuesday.

The Private Members’ Bill had been tabled on 12 October by a group of seven opposition lawmakers from the Conservative party (Høyre). It underscored the need for increased renewable power generation in the coming years to develop industry on the mainland and to achieve climate goals. The motion acknowledged the current government’s efforts, but criticised them as progressing “too slowly”.

The recommendations contained in the motion were as follows:

  1. Parliament requests the government to streamline the concession process for offshore wind, including by considering whether the concession application and the detailed plan could be processed in parallel, and by setting deadlines for administrative processing by the Ministry.
  2. Parliament requests the government to facilitate a predictable allocation of new areas for offshore wind to the tune of 3 GW annually from 2025.
  3. Parliament requests the government to instruct NVE (The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate) to carry out impact assessments in several areas, with possible call for bids in 2025, where at least one of the areas would be located north of Stad.
  4. Parliament requests the government to subject the Nordvest A area to an impact assessment, with possible call for bids in 2025.
  5. Parliament requests the government to create a comprehensive plan for how a future offshore electricity grid should be developed. The plan must account for future offshore wind development, expected power needs, Statnett’s onshore grid development plan, and the electrification of significant point-source emissions.
  6. Parliament requests the government to ensure that Statnett has a clear mandate to develop a comprehensive plan for the construction of a North Sea grid for offshore wind, including a mandate to work with other countries in the North Sea region to view future offshore wind development and grid in context.

The recommendations were voted on separately. The Conservatives (Høyre) and the Liberals (Venstre) voted in favour of all of them, while Labour (Arbeiderpartiet) and the Centre Party (Senterpartiet) opposed all of them. Other parties such as the Progress Party (FrP), the Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti) the Green Party (Miljøpartiet de Grønne), the Christian Democrats (Kristelig Folkeparti) and the Red Party (Rødt) voted in favour of some of the recommendations and against the others.

You can read the entire text of the Private Members’ Bill here (in Norwegian): Representantforslag om en mer ambisiøs havvindpolitikk