In 2016, no new wind power capacity was installed in Norway; however, investment decisions made during the year suggest that over 1,700 MW of new capacity will be built by the end of 2020. Installed capacity totaled 873 MW at the end of the year, and production of wind-generated electricity totaled 2.125 TWh (compared to 2.512 TWh in 2015).
Wind resources in 2016 were considerably lower than normal. The wind index for Norwegian wind farms was 95%, corresponding to a production index of 92%. The average capacity factor for Norwegian wind farms in normal operation was 29%. Wind-generated electricity amounted to 1.4% of the total electricity production in the country, offsetting 1.6% of total demand.
Norway’s electricity production includes a high share of renewables. The primary source is hydropower, which accounted for approximately 96% of the country’s electricity production in 2016 alone and exceeded demand by 10.9 TWh.