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Decarbonizing the Nordic power system – Securing supply and reducing unwanted distributional consequences.

In this webinar we discuss challenges and opportunities for the Nordic power system given ambitious climate policy targets, broad electrification, and the fast growth of renewable electricity production.



Gjennomført: 29.9.2023





A larger share of intermittent power production from wind and solar production means an increased demand for non-fossil balancing power from pumped-storage hydropower, hydropower, bioenergy, nuclear power or gas-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage. Important supplemental solutions are increased energy efficiency and flexibility in production and use of power, improved grid connections, and energy storage.

The Nordic power system must work well with the other North European countries, given many grid connections to the continent and the UK. On this background we assess the opportunities for developing renewable energy sources and balancing power in the Nordics, as well as energy efficiency, flexibility, and storage improvements. Due to the differences in energy resources across the Nordics there is an underdeveloped potential to secure power supply, increase efficiency, constrain electricity prices, and reduce the risk for unwanted distributional effects across social groups and industries through strengthened Nordic collaboration.


14.00 - 14.05

Introductory, Marie Karlberg, the secretariat of Nordic Council of Ministers

14:05 - 14:15 

Introduction The power system and electrification in the Nordics – Potential and challenges, Asbjørn Torvanger, CICERO

14:15 - 14:30

The role of the power systems in Norway and all Nordics in the green transition.
How can we secure sufficient green power flexibility? How can the biggest gains from Nordic collaboration be realized? Jan Bråten, Statnett

14:30 - 14:45

How much can wind power and solar energy contribute to the green transition in the Nordics? What about social acceptance? Kristin Linnerud / Eirik Ogner Jåstad, NMBU

14:45 - 15:00

How to prioritize between climate, energy, and nature? Truls Gulowsen, Naturvernforbundet

15:00 - 15:25

Comments from steering group and open discussion

15:25 - 15:30

Closing remarks, Marie Karlberg, the secretariat of Nordic Council of Ministers


This webinar is part of the: 

Nordic Net-Zero Weeks, 26 September - 3 October

In this webinar series on Nordic climate neutrality, we will share insights on a set of topics of relevance for achieving climate neutrality in the Nordic region, aiming to share experiences and inspire across borders.

The webinar series is a part of the project “Nordic Stocktake and Vision – Pathways to Climate Neutrality”, carried out by a consortium consisting of the organizations CONCITO, CICERO, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, University of Iceland and Reykjavik University, and Tyrsky Consulting. The project is a part of the initiative “Climate transition in the Nordics” to support the Nordic Vision 2030. The overall aim of the Nordic Vision is to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.