Norway’s Energy Minister promises to put in place measures to help those struggling to pay electricity bills

Marte Mjøs PersenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

Electricity prices in Norway are at a record high level. The new Minister of Petroleum and Energy promises to put in place measures to help those who are struggling to pay their electricity bills.

On Monday, a price record was set for electricity in Southern Norway, and on Tuesday, the price will rise further. In Oslo, Bergen, and Kristiansand, it will average NOK 1.43 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) throughout the day, according to the power exchange NordPool.

Minister of Petroleum and Energy Marte Mjøs Persen (AP) says that she understands that many Norwegians are worried about high electricity prices.

“It is tough for many to get bills that are far higher than what they expected,” Mjøs Persen said in Politisk kvarter on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday morning.

“Therefore, we have to find some measures in the short term that would help those who struggle the most to pay electricity bills, so that they get a reduced electricity bill or support to pay it,” she said.

Later this week, the EU countries will gather for a summit, which will probably be dominated by the extremely high energy prices and the possibility that the EU countries can jointly agree on temporary measures.

Several countries have already implemented support schemes to overcome the record-high energy prices.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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