The hydropower market in Norway has been on a decline domestically and the industry has increasingly had to rely on exports in order to survive. Today, Norwegian hydropower companies export technology and equipment to the entire world, but the most important export market is in the developing countries. In 2012, Norway ranked eighth worldwide in terms of hydropower cumulative installed capacity.
Norway has an active hydropower market. Besides the development of small-scale (less than 10 MW) hydropower plants, the hydropower companies there also focus on the restoration and advancement of existing plants. The Norwegian hydropower industry has lobbied hard for development support to the export of Norwegian hydropower technology. Increased competitive pressure in Norway have created increased acceptance of this demand, and Norwegian development aid is gradually shifting towards supporting Norwegian industry.
The country is expected to face power issues in future as most of the power demand is met by hydropower. Due to a shortage of rainfall since last two years, hydro supply has subdued whereas the power demand is on the rise. Water reservoirs in Norway for hydropower generation are apparently on an average 21% full, whereas in the past this annual average was 40%. This issue has also discouraged the European Union (EU) to achieve the 2020 renewable energy target.
Statkraft, E-CO Energi AS and Norsk Hydro ASA are the biggest players in the industry.
Aruvian Research analyzes the hydropower industry in Norway in its research offering Analyzing the Hydropower Industry in Norway. The report begins with an analysis of the global renewable energy industry. Following an introduction to the basics of hydropower, we analyze the global hydropower industry through industry statistics, power generated from hydropower worldwide, the global capacity of hydropower, industry value and the factors impacting the industry.
The hydropower industry in Norway is analyzed through an industry overview, power generated from hydropower, capacity of hydropower in the country, industry value, regulatory framework and industry competition.