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Reorganization of the power market

The project has focused on the reorganization of the electricity market in Norway. During the last few years, the project has also analyzed how international  legislation affects the Norwegian electricity market.


About the Project

Climate, environment and security of supply challenges enforces the need for changes in the energy sector, nationally and internationally. These changes raise significant legal issues, partly on the current framework and partly on the design of future legislation.


The Electricity Market Project aims to promote legal research that helps to facilitate socially efficient power sector that safeguards the interests of the environment and security of supply. The project is based on national and Nordic challenges that arise in the entire resource chain, from the development of power plants to electricity.

The overall theme of the project is the interaction between energy restructuring and legal framework. In a national and Nordic perspective it is essential to analyze the possibilities and limitations of today's energy and environmental legislation, licensing regimes and contractual structures for development, production, transmission and use of electricity. The creation of a single European energy market and the objective of establishing an energy union means that EU and EEA energy law and its impact on the shaping of national energy policy and energy law is central to the project. In this context it is also relevant to undertake comparative studies of how the regulatory challenges are solved in different comparable countries and regions.


Four doctoral theses are related to the reorganization of the electricity market:

  • Investing in EU energy security - Exploring the regulatory approach to tomorrow´s electricity production by Henrik Bjørnebye.
  • Independent Power Projects in Developing Countries: Legal Investment Protection and Consequences for Development by Henrik Inadomi
  • Om informasjonsplikt og markedsatferd i det finansielle kraftmarkedet ( the duty of disclosure and conduct in the financial electricity market)  by Odd-Harald B. Wasenden
  • Det indre transportmarkedet (the internal transport market)  by Anne-Karin Nesdam


The project was initiated by the Norwegian Institute of Maritime Law, Department of petroleum and energy law. The project started in 2001 and is at present  estimated to run until 2020. The theoretical basis for the project is the existence of special administrative laws and EEA Law.


• The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway.


• The project cooperates with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy directorate (NVE)

• The project exchanges information on  EU legislation and the power market with the researchers in the Netherlands through the annual Energy Law Report.

Published Oct. 15, 2013 2:50 PM - Last modified Jan. 29, 2020 1:39 PM