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A Green Battery Vision in Norway Is Under Attack From Industry

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Artificial lake Blasjo, part of the Ulla-Forre hydropower complex in Suldal.
Artificial lake Blasjo, part of the Ulla-Forre hydropower complex in Suldal.Photographer: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images
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Norway became one of the richest countries in the world thanks to its vast reservoirs of oil and natural gas. As green energy takes root, utilities and grid companies want to replicate some of that success with hydro power.

The Nordic nation’s rich supplies of water enable hydro plants to feed almost all domestic electricity needs and have some left over for neighboring countries too. The Dutch grid already is drawing Norwegian power, while projects are underway to link with England and Germany. A link to Scotland is awaiting approval.