Norway Expresses Plans to Expand Renewables and to Turn Back on Coal and Oil

Norway has announced plans to significantly increase offshore wind energy output by 2040, with the goal of transforming the country from an oil and gas exporter to a renewable energy producer.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, in a news release on Norway’s government website, said they have been working on developing country to become an “offshore wind nation”. 

“We are in a good position to succeed: we have large sea areas, a workforce with world-class technology expertise, and well-established cooperation between the government administration and the business sector,” Støre said.

Støre’s administration, which has been chastised by environmentalists for continuing to assist the oil and gas industry, has set a goal of developing 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power by 2040.

The Norwegian government intends to open an area five to six times the size of the Southern North Marine II, or about 1% of Norway’s total sea area. 

The planned offshore wind power project will be accomplished in phases.

Last week, the Norwegian Prime Minister organized a round-table conference on the green transition, energy and business sector cooperation with UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng and representatives from the Norwegian and UK business communities. 

During his meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Støre also discussed the green transition. 

“The transition to a greener economy is important for both our countries. I told my colleague about Norway’s ambitious plans for offshore wind power development, and this is just one of many areas where our two countries can collaborate more widely,” Støre said in a separate news release.

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