Socio-economic benefits of hydro power in Nordland »

11 of 10 hydro power projects recently developed in Nordland county are socio economic viable and provides large income and benefits to municipalities, land owners, counties and the Norwegian state.

A stronger role for DSOs requires improved information exchange »

Increased coordination of operations between grid operators require better improved information exchange. Better information exchange caters for implementation of new measures in distribution grid operations and a stronger role for DSOs.

Socio Economic benefits of small-scale Hydro plants »

Small-scale hydro power plants in Norway are profitable and generally viable from a socioeconomic perspective.

Datahubs in Europe: State of play and future development »

Together with ENTSO-E, we analysed the current situation concerning datahubs and data exchange models in Europe. Many countries have moved towards central data exchange models. The next generation of datahubs is set to empower the customer, support the wholesale-retail market integration and facilitate the use of distributed flexibility.

Do we need power grids in the future? If so, how should they be regulated? »

Digitalisation and new technologies, climate policy and new customer preferences will change the characteristics of the power system. This also means that grid regulations should be adapted to deal with new challenges and to adopt new solutions.

Time to phase out subsidies to mature renewable electricity? »

Subsidies to renewable electricity should reduce costs and make new technologies competitive in the market. Now many argue that wind and PV generation is mature. Does that mean that it is time to phase out wind and solar subsidies? 

Report for the EU Commission: A common framework for capacity mechanisms »

National capacity mechanisms could undermine the efficiency of the internal electricity market. How can design of a common framework facilitate efficient x-border participation? The report is part of the impact assessment for the winter package.

What emissions reduction can be achieved in Norway by new car technologies? »

Norway has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with 40 percent in 2030. This ambition cannot be achieved without cutting emissions in the transport sector. How can new car technologies and policies assist in achieving this?

Does the electrification of Johan Castberg save carbon emissions, and is it an efficient climate measure? »

An often discussed measure for reducing carbon emissions in Norway is the electrification of oil platforms. In this context, THEMA has evaluated the effect of electrification of Johan Castberg on carbon emissions, and estimated the abatement costs under which electrification of Johan Castberg can be said to be efficient in socio-economic terms. 

The role of natural gas in Europe »

It is expected that gas and gas-fired power plants will constitute an important part in the European energy sector in the foreseeable future. In the long run the role of natural gas is formed through dynamic interplay between market forces, energy and technological development.