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Renewable energy projects towards 2030

Norway will need more renewable energy to succeed with the green shift and reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030. We invite you to learn more about our role in making sure future renewable development projects are successful.


The world is in the midst of an ongoing energy revolution requiring major investments in new technology and infrastructure. Thommessen is the main provider of legal services to renewables companies in Norway and has assisted developers throughout the long history of the renewables industry.

Our in-depth knowledge of distinctive features, regulatory developments and conflicting interests characterising the industry makes us well placed to provide commercial and strategic advice. We bring this experience and knowledge with us as we now actively engage with new energy solutions capable of catalysing the green transition.

The team is excellent in helping to secure common ground and making negotiations move forward. Client
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Expertise in all phases of renewable development projects

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling complex renewable projects and possess leading expertise in all phases of the projects - from mapping out the realm of possibilities, through project development and financing, to construction and operation. We understand when it is crucial to draw on expertise from various legal areas. With Thommessen's specialized competence across the board, we assure seamless integration of the right expertise at the right time.

Moreover, our knowledge extends well beyond legal counselling, positioning us as a strategic advisor in the very essence of project development. To avoid unnecessary delays and costs, it is vital to get off to the right start and maintain parallel processes throughout. Below, you can read more about how we work in different phases of the project.


We facilitate the key energy solutions of the future

We have extensive experience with renewable energy sources that have been developed for a long time in Norway, the development of which has played a key role in making Norway a leading energy producer. In addition, we are involved with new energy solutions that will play a preeminent role in attaining the sustainability objectives.

Onshore wind power

Onshore wind power is the production technology with the lowest development cost in Norway, and Norway features some of the world’s best wind resources – including onshore. Continued onshore wind power development is therefore important in meeting the expected increase in Norwegian and European power consumption.

Processing of licence applications for new onshore wind farms was suspended in April 2019. In April 2022, the Government gave the go-ahead for a resumption of licence application processing for new wind power projects, subject to the consent of the host municipality. We summarise the current status of licence application processing for onshore wind power.

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Offshore wind power

Norway aims to allocate areas for 30GW of offshore wind production by 2040. With some of the world's best and most stable wind resources, a long coastline, and a competent and experienced offshore industry, Norway and Norwegian industry have a unique opportunity to take a leading position in the growing offshore wind market.

Here, we have gathered some of our resources and thoughts on what it takes to succeed in realizing the potential for offshore wind in Norway.

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Solar power

To achieve the Energy Commission’s ambitious goal of 40 TWh of new power production by 2030, solar power must play a central role. With a technical potential of 30 TWh for solar energy alone, combined with our expansive land area, Norway is well poised to significantly increase its solar power capacity. However, the removal of regulatory barriers and streamlining of the concession process are crucial steps to unlock this potential.

We have extensive experience in assisting renewable energy producers, coupled with practical experience in solar power development.

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Hydropower has played a key role in making Norway a leading energy producer. Hydropower has contributed to industrial development and economic growth, and constitutes, in combination with the electrical grid, the backbone of the Norwegian energy supply system.

The legal framework governing hydropower production is based on the premise that Norway’s hydropower resources belong to, and shall be managed in the best interest of, the general public. This is reflected in, inter alia, a legal requirement that major hydropower plants are publicly owned, with private ownership of major hydropower plants being limited to a 1/3 ownership stake. We have assisted all of Norway’s main hydropower producers for several decades, and have extensive experience with all types of hydropower issues.

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The global shift to clean and sustainable energy has highlighted hydrogen's importance. It emerges as a key solution for sectors hard to electrify traditionally. Hydrogen offers effective energy storage, versatile use, and zero greenhouse gas emissions. These qualities position it as a crucial player in achieving a carbon-neutral future.

We assist those who want to establish production facilities, for example with agreements and permits that are necessary to establish such projects. We also assist in connection with financing and transactions.

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Carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage is one of the measures recommended by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to limit global warming. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), it will be necessary to store several billion tonnes of CO2 every year in order to curtail global warming in accordance with the targets under the Paris Agreement. A successful carbon capture and storage effort will be decisive for realising the political objective for future emission reductions.

There is mounting interest from businesses wishing to receive and permanently store CO2, and the Government has expressed a clear ambition of offering attractive storage areas for businesses that provide solutions for commercial CO2 storage.

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Our role in resolving renewables disputes

Renewables-related disputes will often raise complex and specialised legal issues. Our Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Department has expertise on the regulatory framework and the private law that industry players need to take into account. We work closely with our litigation specialists, and engage the right people at the right time.

Our team assists in disputes related to anything from development agreements via administrative decisions to licence terms and conditions. We also have extensive experience with renewables project construction disputes and compulsory acquisition appraisal proceedings in relation to the acquisition of energy project development and operation rights. The objective is always to attain the best possible outcome for the client in the most effective manner. We assist at the negotiation stage, during mediation and, if necessary, in court.


Sustainability Database

The increased focus on sustainable development is accompanied by accelerating sustainability regulation. This takes the form of both new statutory instruments and specific requirements launched by various industries, financial institutions and investors.

Our Sustainability Database helps you navigate the multitude of regulatory amendments and industry initiatives in various sectors. This service is available to our clients, potential clients, as well as other collaboration partners.

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