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Updated: Expert claims Bergen power lines unnecessary. Power lines between Sima and Samnanger are not a proper solution to a secure electricity supply, according to the latest report by action group Bevar Hardanger. Energy advisor Svein Roar Brunborg, who compiled the report presented at last week’s press conference, believes the issue can be resolved by alternative production and consumption measures.   “We are on the way into a new phase of working in the Norwegian power supply with smart web solutions and wise consumers. What we have in Bergen is primarily a power problem. With the new technology on the way, we can measure the power consumption in more detail”, he said.Advances such as installing home energy-management systems could reduce power peaks in just a few years. Mr. Brunborg thinks that it is very important to consider alternative measures before taking a hasty decision to construct the controversial power lines.

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Updated: Expert claims Bergen power lines unnecessary

Published on Monday, 31st January, 2011 at 09:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last Updated on 31st January 2011 at 20:50.

Power lines between Sima and Samnanger are not a proper solution to a secure electricity supply, according to the latest report by action group Bevar Hardanger.

Power pylons
Power pylons
Photo: Statnett


Energy advisor Svein Roar Brunborg, who compiled the report presented at last week’s press conference, believes the issue can be resolved by alternative production and consumption measures.  

“We are on the way into a new phase of working in the Norwegian power supply with smart web solutions and wise consumers. What we have in Bergen is primarily a power problem. With the new technology on the way, we can measure the power consumption in more detail”, he said.

Advances such as installing home energy-management systems could reduce power peaks in just a few years.

Mr. Brunborg thinks that it is very important to consider alternative measures before taking a hasty decision to construct the controversial power lines.

“I will not criticize Statnett in this case, as the license application shows it takes seriously the responsibility they are given by the authorities. But Statnett has no competence to consider other types of measures that can solve the same problem. This was extremely apparent in communication between the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Statnett during the appeals process.”

The government did a U-turn about land-based pylons, setting up four separate bodies to investigate an undersea cable alternative following massive protests. Demonstrators and local politicians believed they would be an eyesore on the beautiful Hardanger landscape.

Conclusions in last week’s report show the power line solution recommended by Statnett is too expensive and will only increase the loss in the local distribution network.

“The consumer will have to pay for this loss, not the company”, said Klaus Ramussen, chairman for Bevar Hardanger.

Four separate bodies to investigate an undersea cable alternative were set up by the government, even though it is now possible that this solution will prove to be too expensive to build. Calculations from five years ago did not include the cost of building facilities at the waters’ edge to connect with the cables, according to NRK.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen admitted at the time he was “curious to see what the panels will come up with.”

The commissions will be presenting their results to the government tomorrow.




Published on Monday, 31st January, 2011 at 09:22 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last updated on 31st January 2011 at 20:50.

This post has the following tags: hardanger, powerpylons, sima, samnanger, bergen, terjeriisjohansen.





  
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