PM Støre promises electricity subsidies next winter if the prices soar again

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) promised to help Norwegians pay their electricity bills if electricity prices next winter become as high as they have been this winter.

High electricity prices affect people in a socially unfair way. People should have the security that we will step forward, Støre told the newspaper VG.

The government’s electricity subsidy was initially supposed to last until March, but the electricity crisis will last for a longer period, according to forecasts from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

“We must be prepared for the fact that electricity prices may remain high throughout this year,” NVE director Kjetil Lund told E24 on Monday.

The government has previously confirmed that it would provide more electricity support if the extraordinarily high electricity prices persist.

“What now have an arrangement that will run out in March. Then we will evaluate and see how it has worked and what can be improved. But people should know that we will step forward if people end up in the same situation next winter,” Støre said.

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