The electricity expenses of Norwegian universities have gone through the roof: “Brutal”

Bergen universityBergen University. Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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The universities in Southern Norway have collectively had increased energy costs of just over NOK 200 million.

“It will be brutal going forward,” Finance Director Steinar Sundberg at the University of Bergen (UiB) predicts. 

“Everyone sees the madness in today’s prices and what that entails. These are operating assets that could have been used for things other than energy,” Sundberg told Khrono.

“In the first instance, there will be a postponement of projects, which affects both students and staff in the form of a lack of facilities and space,” he said.

According to forecasts, the University of Oslo (UiO) also has to spend NOK 60 million more than budgeted in 2022.

The Norwegian University of Environmental and Biosciences (NMBU) estimates that the extra expenditure will be somewhere between NOK 25 and 30 million by the end of the year.

The forecasts for Oslo Met point to electricity expenses being as much as NOK 20 million higher than budgeted.

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