Climate Minister Sveinung Rotevatn discontinues schemes that support energy efficiency in housing associations. It can make the minds boil.
In 2020, Norwegian households paid in 400 million in so-called Enova tax. Each of us pays one penny per. kilowatt hours. This is money that will go to streamline the use of energy.
But households received only about 156 million back in support. In addition, Enova has decided to close down two schemes that have benefited housing associations and co-owners. This has happened with the blessing of Climate Minister Sveinung Rotevatn (V).
The prioritization is a natural consequence of the new management agreement Enova received from the government just before Christmas.
– If the government wants a “toll revolt” among homeowners, then Enova has given them the recipe. This is what Bård Folke Fredriksen, CEO of the Norwegian Housing Association’s National Association, says.
About 900,000 of the households in Norway are apartments.
The former city councilor for the Conservative Party in Oslo is a spokesman for 14,000 housing associations. He believes that the scheme of paying one øre per. kilowatt hour to Enova, is no longer money for energy saving.
Since 2013, Enova has supported more than 2,500 upgrades of existing buildings with a total of more than NOK 3 billion. This will now be less of.
Enova will now spend more money on climate roofs on construction sites. That is, on large construction groups instead of climate measures for households.
– Now you take in this tax from households and distribute the money to industrial giants. Then this tax that was supposed to finance energy saving has become an extra tax, says Fredriksen.
Weakening housing associations
Fredriksen fears that what is happening now will weaken housing associations and co-owners’ desire to invest in saving energy.
– Norwegian housing associations and co-owners will be involved in the green shift. They want to upgrade their homes. Then carrots are also needed to get people to vote for large investments, he states.
It has often proved difficult to get housing associations to adopt measures for efficient use of energy. The reason is that this is getting expensive. Many believe that support schemes are poor.
Enova writes in a press release about the changes that the efficient use of energy is still important. But they are abolishing two schemes that, among other things, housing associations and co-owners have used. The two are Best available technology in existing buildings and Comprehensive mapping of buildings.
Secure financial framework
– Has the Enova tax now become a general tax?
– The surcharge on the network tariff was introduced to provide Enova with a stable financial framework. But they also receive several billions in support from general tax revenues. This is what Climate Minister Sveinung Rotevatn from the Liberal Party writes in a reply to Aftenposten.
Rotevatn further writes that households get money back. This is done both through direct grants and through other important measures that benefit them.
Specifically, he mentions several charging points for electric cars and emission-free public transport.
Rotevatn points out that Enova does not stop supporting measures in housing associations and co-owners.
Last year, households paid in 400 million.
Rotevatn writes that the minimum amount Enova will make available to households and consumers will not be reduced by the new agreement. It is increased from 250 to 300 million kroner annually.
Must fulfill Granavolden
Rotevatn and Enova believe that the market will now provide measures that save energy in housing associations.
The Minister points out that fortunately many energy efficiency measures are profitable without support.
– The aim with support from Enova is to provide the necessary starting aid so that good solutions can establish themselves in the market, he writes.
The Granavold platform states that 10 TWh will be saved by efficient energy use in buildings by 2030. Rotevatn confirms that it is fixed.
– The government will develop the energy requirements for buildings in line with the climate agreement. We are now working with energy requirements that correspond to almost zero energy levels, writes Rotevatn.