Wind Energy – Norway
Norway plans to auction the 3GW Sorlige Nordsjo 2 offshore wind zone in two 1500MW phases.
The first 1.5GW will be auctioned for projects that will connect directly to the Norwegian mainland, the government said.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said: “This is a solution that increases the power supply to southern Norway. The government’s goal is to facilitate that Norway has access to plenty of renewable and affordable power, so that this will also in the future be an advantage for Norwegian industry and contribute to value creation and employment throughout the country.”
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is in the process of developing an auction model to enable the first phase, and during the spring it will submit a bill to the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) with amendments to the Marine Energy Act to facilitate offshore wind development.
However, the government said it has yet to decide how the second 1.5GW will be linked to the grid.