Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Norway
In 2012, 195.3 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in Norway, which is more than has ever been installed in one year before. Total installed capacity was 704 MW at the end of the year and production of wind power in 2012 was 1,569 GWh compared to 1,308 GWh in 2011. The calculated wind index for Norwegian wind farms in 2012 was 103%, corresponding to a production index of 107%. The average capacity factor for Norwegian wind farms in normal operation was 31.2%.Wind generation amounted to 1.1% of the total electric production in the country. Fakken Wind Farm in Norway is shown in the opening photo.
Electric energy in Norway is generated using a very high share of renewable energy. The primary source of electricity is hydropower which in 2012 stood for approximately 97% of the country’s electricity production. In recent years there has also been a keen interest in wind power as a commercial source of energy. Norway boasts some of the best wind resources in Europe and the combination of technological advances and renewable energy support schemes mean that these resources will likely be tapped in the form of large amounts of new wind power installations in the coming years. Read the entire report here.