Here they could get heat straight from the fjord, but then the rent will be higher – NRK Vestland


At Skudeløken in Førde, 270 apartments are to be built.

Since waterbore heat is the simplest and most environmentally friendly way to relieve the power grid, the heating comes straight from the Førdefjorden, just a stone’s throw away.

No wait.

It was in an ideal value.

In the really world, the developer has counted on that and come to the conclusion that the district heating alternative will be too expensive.

That’s the explanation The Energy Commission characterizes as a current paradox:

That district heating looks so bad The energy label scheme that the requirement for a “green loan” smoke.

The result is a higher interest rate for property buyers (see explanation below).

We can’t take a chance on that, says the initiator of the new district, Bjarte Roska.

He specifies that fjord heat would be the best and mostbed bug» alternative, but that care for the customers – who pay the bill – must take precedence.

It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is, says Roska.

– Jthe oyster can’t come fast enough

Liv Kari Skudal Hansteen in Rådgivede Ingeniørs Forening (RIF) says the financial incentives practically “forces building owners to choose a heat pump, even if they want district heating”.

The system must be changed, she says.

And there are signs that her prayers will be heard.

The government tells NRK that they will “rectify the unintended consequences of the current arrangement”.

We need more power, and then we cannot opt ​​out of solutions that work together with the power system, says Energy Minister Terje Aasland.

He adds that the proposal for changes will come “before the summer holidays”.

The aim is to ensure that district heating works better, but how and by how much is still an open question.

The adjustment cannot come soon enough, says Aleksander Frøyen, who is responsible for the district heating solution in Førde.

Behind sing a new Sintef report which says that Norway can release 17 terawatt-hours if Norwegian homeowners stop with the “power loss” and switch to borehole heat.

17 TWh is almost half of what the Energy Commission says Norway must come up with to meet the climate obligations in the Paris Agreement.

Allan Klo

Terje Aasland, Minister of Energy

– We will send the proposal out for consultation before the summer holidays. The government is keen to remedy the unintended consequence of the current arrangement, which means that players who want A-buildings have difficulty choosing district heating. It is important because we need more power, and then we cannot opt ​​out of solutions that work together with the power system.

Nicolas Tourrenc

Life Kari Skudal Hansteen, Consulting Engineers Association (RIF)

– In order to achieve favorable financial terms, the building owners look to each other force to choose a heat pump, even if they want district heating. The government should therefore change the current system. This is not to discriminate against good energy solutions.


Aleksander Frøyen, Eviny Termo AS

– Unfortunately, this problem is not new. We find that many developers do away with district heating in order to achieve grade A or B in the energy label scheme. What we use the most electricity for in this country is heating buildings in winter. The fastest and most effective way to reduce electricity consumption is to use energy sources that relieve the electricity grid.

The home owners

Linda Ørstavik Öberg, The homeowners

– There is no doubt that there is considerable room for improvement in the current energy label scheme, and it is absolutely crucial that the new energy label scheme harmonizes with the EU’s regulations. We believe that a simpler and more effective system can increase consumers’ understanding, use and benefit of it. We are therefore concerned with putting in place a good, simple, comprehensible and as accurate as possible energy labeling of dwellings.

Norwegian District Heating

Oda T. Gipling, acting manager of Norsk Fjernvarme

– There is an urgent need to clear the barriers to district heating and utilization of surplus energy. The energy label scheme is now a bureaucratic nightmare to relieve the power grid. It is absolutely necessary to stop the power loss. Then the Energy Label scheme for buildings must be designed so that he is not at a disadvantage with the use of surplus heat and the spread of district heating.

Moment Studio

Andreas Strømsheim-Aamodt, NHO Elektro

– The purpose of the energy label scheme is to ensure that consumers make more informed choices that reflect their own environmental and financial needs. We therefore urge NVE and the Ministry of Energy to preserve the end-user perspective in the further development of the Energy Label scheme, and therefore ensure that district heating and in-building heat pumps are not equated.

Bård Siem

Ove Trellevik, Right

– The energy label scheme for buildings must reward and stimulate the use of surplus heat, low-quality energy sources and sustainable bioenergy from collective energy solutions such as district heating, district heating or district cooling. An amendment that takes this into account will provide a stronger incentive to save electricity, relieve the power grid and utilize local heat sources to a greater extent than today.

A horror example of old-fashioned arrangements

Storting representative for Høgre, Ove Trellevik, calls the housing project in Førde a “terrible example” of how “old-fashioned and bureaucratic arrangements” slow down the green shift.

It is unfortunate for the homebuyers, and highly problematic for the energy system in a part of the country where business is queuing up to get access to more power, he says.

Last year, NVE advocated equating district heating with heating solutions based on heat pumps.

They then adjusted the course and said that full equality will benefit industry interests more than consumers.

Linda Ørstavik Öberg in Huseierne points to the same thing.

She is “skeptical about a discretionary political weighting of the various energy carriers” which only will create “confusion”.

The point of the Energy Label scheme is to provide understandable information about the energy performance of the building, so that owners can make informed choices in line with their needs, she says.

The use of political weighting factors can have the opposite effect.

Prime Minister on an election campaign.

Storting representative for Høgre, Ove Trellevik, calls the housing project in Førde a “terrible example” of how “old-fashioned and bureaucratic arrangements” slow down the green shift. Here together with Erna Solberg.

Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB

May lead to higher operating expenses

Andreas Strømsheim-Aamodt from NHO Elektro says that the Energy Label scheme is primarily there to guide consumers – not to achieve politically agreed goals.

It is then important that the labeling reflects the real costs.

District heating can be a practical and environmentally friendly solution in certain situations, but can also lead to significantly higher operating costs compared to local heating solutions.

The price of district heating is currently regulated by the Energy Act, which states that the price must not exceed the price of electric heating. But NVE has made a point that the price ceiling does not work as it should.

The National Association of Norwegian Housing Builders (NBBL) believes that it is “completely unreasonable that the price of district heating goes up with the electricity price regardless of the production price”.

In a consultation response to a new price model, they write that the current regime creates “locked-in customers” and that it “inhibits innovation and new thinking”.

The article is in Norwegian

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