Hydropower represents a major environmental impact in Norwegian watercourses. Hydropower production is strictly regulated by the authorities through licences and other framework conditions.
In older development projects, nature and the environment were not emphasised as they are today. Accordingly, the authorities will, in the coming years, revise environmental conditions for existing facilities to ensure a uniform management of hydropower resources.
The main objective of revising older licence conditions is to assess measures to improve conditions for the environment, landscape and outdoor recreation in previously regulated watercourses.
The revision process primarily provides opportunities to set new conditions to remedy environmental damage occurring as a result of the regulations. However, revisions may also modernise the conditions in general, and irrelevant conditions may be deleted. The framework for the licence itself, including regulated water levels, is fixed and cannot be changed. Only the conditions of the licence can be revised.
Skagerak Kraft expects that the revision process will result in additional environmental surveys in watercourses where we have power production, as well as possible requirements for the implementation of new measures. We have therefore focused on systematic efforts to assess, document and communicate the most appropriate measures with respect to environmental, commercial and socio-economic considerations.
|Licensing cases (see link for details - norwegian only)||County|
|Skagerak Kraft is responsible for the following licensing cases|
|Regulation of Hjartdøla, Tuddal watercourse and Heiåi||Vestfold Telemark|
|Regulation of Sundsbarm with associated transfers||Vestfold Telemark|
|Regulation of the Uvdal watercourse||Viken|
|Regulation of Gjuva, Vrenga and Høymyrselv on Blefjell||Viken|
|Skagerak Kraft is involved in the following licensing cases|
|Regulation of the Aurdal fjord in Begna||Innlandet|
|Regulation of the Åbjøra watercourse in Valdres||Innladet|
|Regulation of Hovatn, Fistøylvatn and Raudvatn in Finndøla||Agder|
|Regulation of the Otra watercourse||Agder|