2017 was a record year for wind power deployment in Norway, with 324 MW of new wind power installed and an additional 1,600 MW under construction at the end of the year. Total installed capacity was 1,188 MW at the end of the year, and wind-generated electricity production totaled 2.850 TWh, compared to 2.125 TWh in 2016.
Wind resources in 2017 were slightly better than normal, with a wind index for Norwegian wind farms of 101%, corresponding to a production index of 102%. The average capacity factor for Norwegian wind farms in normal operation was 33%. Wind-generated electricity amounted to 1.9% of the country’s total electricity production and offset 2.1% of total demand.
Electricity generation in Norway comes from a very high share of renewables. The primary source of electricity is hydropower, which accounted for approximately 96% of the country’s electricity production in 2017 and exceeded demand by 8.9 TWh.
To learn more about wind energy in Norway, please review their chapter in the IEA Wind TCP 2017 Annual Report.