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Longyearbyen local government asks the state to take over critical infrastructure

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The coal-fired power plant in Longyearbyen has now been rebuilt so that the energy comes from diesel. It has not been unproblematic. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Of NTB | 13.05.2024 01:30:22

Policy: – Energy, water and sewage in Longyearbyen are critical infrastructure of national interest. I think the state must take responsibility for this, says local board chairman Terje Aunevik (V) to Klassekampen.

In the revised state budget, the local government will receive NOK 175 million in additional electricity support and NOK 42 million for conversion to green energy.

At the end of May, the government’s new Svalbard report will arrive. According to Aunevik, there will be clear guidelines regarding responsibility for light and heat, and for conversion to renewable energy.

The coal-fired power plant in Longyearbyen was shut down last autumn, but the first winter with energy from diesel generators has been both expensive and challenging, writes Klassekampen.

– The planning for a conversion from fossil fuel to renewables has stopped. All the problems with the diesel units this winter and a sharp increase in expenses have required all our attention, says Aunevik.

(© NTB)

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