Norway uses too much electricity? Great!

Over at his blog, my colleague Tomas points out that Norway uses disproportionately large amounts of electricity compared to neighboring countries, for the most part due to lock-in effects in the choice of domestic heating systems a long time ago. This presents a problem for adopting other technologies, e.g. biomass based heating.

However, according to this Energy Policy[1] article, there is a strong correlation between electricity consumption and economic development: increased electricity consumption is a sign of a growing economy[2]. This is maybe nothing new, but it’s good to be reminded. Keep those heaters burning!

[1] I apologize for linking to so many papers from that particular journal, them being published by the fraudulent Elsevier publisher, but the fact remains that the journal is big in my field, publish prolifically, and (most importantly?) publish mostly easy-to-digest, short articles. This one’s four pages, perfect for blogging purposes.

[2] Of course, this has a limit, but the paper puts it at an average per capita income of more than 60.000$, higher than anywhere in the world (this is measured in 2000 international dollars, which puts per capita income in Norway at around 45.000$).

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