Every year, Statkraft measures the amount of snow on the mountain to be able to calculate how much water they can expect to get in the power reservoirs over the spring. We are with a group that is in the process of measuring the amount of snow in an area by Vasstulan on the mountain at Dagali.
Expect less water
The measurements take place by a ground radar mounted on a toboggan after a snowmobile measures the snow depths along a fixed track. In addition, the snow is weighed to calculate the water content. In this way, the amounts of snow and water can be compared from year to year.
– Now we measure the amount of snow and through that water content and through all the thousands of registrations here we put this into a computer system, then we get forecasts on the magazines, says Nils Runar Sporan who is the general manager of Numedals-Laugens Brugseierforening.
– This snow that is stored here as frozen rain, it at least tells us something about what we can expect when the sun starts to heat up and this will melt and run down into the reservoirs, says Fjerdingstad.
One meter less snow than last year
Last year, a lot of snow led to historically low electricity prices in the second quarter. But this year it looks different. In some places, the snowmobile runs with the radar over only spots.
– How much less snow is there than normal, do you think?
– 70 centimeters, says energy fitter at Statkraft, Eirik Haug. For the occasion, he is a radar operator and snowmobile driver.
– And compared to last year?
– Then it was extremely much, it was a lot, then it was over a meter difference at least.
Can not promise cheap electricity
With so little snow, Statkraft can not promise as low electricity prices as last year, and it is currently difficult to predict how prices will develop.
– If it gets very cold, it becomes more strenuous and then we also need more electricity and then prices can go up. And then it can be very mild and then the prices tend to go down. So these things are completely impossible to say in advance, says Knut Fjerdingstad.
– With the amounts of snow you see here, would you say that it pays off with a spot price or a little more long-term electricity agreements?
– Hehehe, yes, if I had a good answer to that, I would have liked to say it, but I have not. It is about the same as with the interest rate, ie some choose a fixed interest rate and others choose a floating interest rate, so you have to assess this based on what type of security you want.
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