OSLO, June 9 Norway and Sweden's joint scheme to
boost renewable energy generation, set up in 2012, is on track
to deliver 28.4 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2020, Norway's energy
regulator said on Thursday.
The scheme, the only one of its kind in the world, pays
energy producers a premium for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of
renewable power they can sell on the market.
Consumers are required to buy "green" certificates
corresponding to a certain share of their total power use and
the authorities able to adjust that share or quota every two
"Figures from first-quarter 2016 shows that there was 15.5
TWh of new power generation built in Norway and Sweden under the
electricity certificate scheme since it was established in
2012," the regulator said in a statement.
"This means that the scheme is well on track to reach the
target of 28.4 TWh by 2021." This target is roughly equivalent
to renewable power generation in neighbouring Denmark.
The regulator said it had proposed a downward adjustment in
the renewable quota because power consumption in Norway was
higher than expected. The Swedish regulator will recommend an
increase in the quota for Swedish consumers until 2020.
In Sweden and Norway, there is now 6 TWh of renewable power
under construction under the joint scheme, of which 2.3 TWh is
in Norway, NVE said.
In addition, Norwegian energy group Statkraft
and its partners decided in February to build a complex of wind
farms able to produce up to 3.4 TWh of electricity.
(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis. Editing by Jane Merriman)