Although Norway usually has sufficient production of electricity to cover its industry and citizens’ needs, there is an increasing pressure on the grid. This current and anticipated pressure is caused by recent developments in household electricity use, and expected projections about future trends. The Norwegian government is developing a new distribution grid tariff that is based on simultaneous power use.

The plan is to introduce a power-based tariff from 2021, which is to provide incentives for households to be more flexible in their electricity use, by shifting the use of electric power from peak hours.

The main objective of the project is to provide recommendations to policymakers, businesses and NGOs on how flexible electricity use among households can be achieved, based on an analysis of the opportunities and challenges for such electricity use. FLEXEFFECT focus on households and their electricity consumption in response to various instruments for flexible electricity consumption. The project addresses how different socio-economic groups respond to and are affected by instruments for EDF, and how policies for flexible electricity use are developed nationally.

The FNI will be responsible for a national policy comparison part, between Norway and Sweden. Together with Lund University we will investigate how and why policies and regulations for user flexibility are being developed in Norway and Sweden, and the political feasibility of different instruments for EDF.

Project period: 2019-2023




  • Center for International Climate Research (CICERO) (coordinator)
  • Center for Development and the Environment (SUM)
  • SINTEF Energy Research AS
  • Lund University (LU)
  • University of Otago (OU)
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)
  • Energy Norway
  • Istad Nett
  • Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC)
  • Kongsberg Municipal Property (KMP)
  • Akershus County Council (AFK)
  • Filago AS
  • Norwegian Solar Energy Society (NSES)
  • Research Council of Norway (ENERGIX Programme)