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The government appoints the MIP's managing director to the energy commission

The managing director of Mo Industripark, Arve Ulriksen, was appointed in today's cabinet as a member of the government's energy commission, which will look at the energy needs in Norway and propose measures for increased energy production.

Mo i Rana, Marte Mjøs Persen, Arve Ulriksen, Mo Industrial Park, Freyr, Giga Factory
Olje- og energiminister Marte Mjøs Persen. Foto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

The government has today appointed an energy commission that will survey the energy needs and propose increased energy production, with the aim that Norway will continue to have surplus production of power and that Norwegian industry and Norwegian electricity customers will continue to have ample access to renewable power.

- Access to plenty of clean and affordable power has been Norwegian industry's main competitive advantage for several decades, ensuring low electricity prices for ordinary people. The government wants this to also be an advantage in the future that contributes to value creation and employment throughout the country. That is why we have now appointed the energy commission, says Oil and Energy Minister Marte Mjøs Persen on the government's website.

The commission consists of 15 members and will be led by professor and former competition authority director Lars Sørgaard. The commission must deliver a comprehensive report to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy by 15 December 2022.

A main task for the commission is to assess what are the fundamental dilemmas in Norwegian energy policy up to 2030 and 2050, and how different political choices can affect the long-term development of Norwegian power supply.

Among other things, the assessments must be made based on an updated factual basis on the power situation 2021-22, evaluation of the electricity support scheme and the electricity grid committee's report.

Leder av Energikommisjonen, Lars Sørgard. Foto: Konkurransetilsynet

- I look forward to leading this exciting and important work. We will analyze issues that are very important for Norway. I am looking forward to taking on the task together with a commission made up of members with extensive knowledge in this area, says commission leader Lars Sørgard.

The commission's mandate is linked to these five overarching themes:

  • How Norway is affected by rapidly changing energy markets

  • Perspectives for the development of power consumption

  • The potential for economically profitable power production

  • Perspectives for security of supply

  • Central conflicts of interest in energy policy

Besides Arve Ulriksen, the industrial commission consists of the following members:

  • Lars Sørgard (leader)

  • Øistein Andresen, Eidsiva Energi

  • Bård Folke Fredriksen, the National Association of Norwegian Housing Associations

  • Sverre Gotaas, Herøya Industripark

  • Anniken Hauglie, NHO

  • Gyro Heia, mayor of Birkenes

  • Silje Ask Lundberg, former leader of the Norwegian Nature Conservancy

  • Hans Erik Ringkjøb, mayor of Voss

  • Kjell Roland, social economist

  • Gudrun Rollefsen, Hammerfest Energi

  • Helene Seim, Boliden/Odda

  • Liv Monica Stubholt, former state secretary in the Ministry of Oil and Energy

  • Berit Tennbakk, social economist

  • Are Tomasgard, LO


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