Statkraft: Drop offshore wind subsidies

The state-owned utility's CEO thinks that a subsidy scheme to accelerate Norwegian offshore wind would be both expensive and unnecessary.

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If offshore wind is going to have a place in Norway's energy mix, it will have to pay for its own admission ticket, says Statkraft Chief Executive Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, who adds that it would be both costly and unnecessary for the Norwegian state to support the industry.

"I think that we avoid implementing a new subsidy scheme for offshore wind. It would cost an enormous amount of money, and we don't need the power," Tønnesen tells domestic media Teknisk Ukebrev, following his startling remark made at a Norwegian energy conference Thursday evening, where he proposed that the national renewable energy agency, Enova, which distributes subsidy capital from the country's energy fund, should avoid granting general subsidies to offshore wind.

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