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Power from the people? Driving forces and hindrances

The project aims to understand why and how Norwegian households (prosumers) produce electricity from solar power, the hindrances involved, and the effects on people’s electricity use.

About the project

The main objective is to identify the driving forces and hindrances behind Norwegian households becoming prosumers.


  1. Improve our understanding of differences and similarities in the prosumer policies in the UK, Germany and Norway.
  2. Understand why some households in Norway decide to become engaged as prosumers, what their experiences are, how they use energy at home and how they respond to regulations and solutions offered by central stakeholders.
  3. Improve our understanding of how emerging prosumer participation in the energy system is perceived and handled by central stakeholders.
  4. Provide perspectives to policymakers, energy suppliers and relevant industry actors on the conditions for increased participation of prosumers in the Norwegian energy system.

Duration: 2015-2018


The Norwegian Research Council. ENERGIX Programme. Project no 243947/E20.


A research project at CICERO / SUM, University of Oslo / The Fridtjof Nansen Institute / SINTEF Energi AS International research partners: Durham University (UK) and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

Partners in Norway: Akershus Fylkeskommune, Agder Energi AS, Skagerak Energi AS, Lyse Elnett AS, NVE.

Tags: Europe
Published July 2, 2015 8:41 AM - Last modified June 10, 2016 1:52 PM


  • Project leader Hege Westskog, CICERO: hege.westskog at
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