New record for electricity consumption

On Wednesday 23 January 2013, Norwegian power consumers broke the record for electricity use in one single hour. The new record is 24 180 MW.

Between 8 and 9 a.m. on this Wednesday morning in January, a new electricity consumption record was set in Norway in one single hour. The new record is 24 180 MW, or just over 24 million kilowatt hours.

The main reason for the high consumption was that at that time the temperature was below zero degrees Celsius in the whole country. It was particularly cold in southern and eastern Norway, where the population density is highest. The old record, 23 994 MW, was set on 6 January 2012.

Despite the record-high consumption and correspondingly high production, this did not affect the supply to end-users. High reservoir water levels, good access to production and no major faults in the main grid ensured stable operations and supplies, also on what was to become one of the coldest days all winter.

The Norwegian consumption is generally high on cold days and we have observed that peak power consumption is higher for each year. Consequently, we have to make sure that the system is able to handle even higher consumption peaks in the future. It is therefore important to strengthen the power grid in the whole country, a task that Statnett has already embarked upon.