Energy consumption rose by almost 4% last year despite record-high energy prices. Colder weather and economic growth after the reopening of society contributed to the increase.
Energy consumption ended at around 223.4 TWh last year, according to Statistics Norway (SSB). That is 0.7 TWh more than the previous consumption record, registered in 2010, a year with lower temperatures than normal.
Last year, the winter was 0.7 degrees colder on average than the climate normal, senior adviser Malin Bjelvert in Statistics Norway pointed out. The extra cold winter led to people using more energy.
Electricity accounts for just over half of energy consumption in Norway, and in 2021, it amounted to approx. 120 TWh, which is about 3% more than the year before. For industry, total energy consumption increased by 5.6% from the previous year.
For service industries and households, energy consumption increased by 3.8%. Consumption of wood for home heating increased by 11% from the previous year, as a result of both the cold winter and the high electricity prices.
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