Eigersund municipality is locatedis located in southern Norway, 75 km from Stavanger.  It has an area of 19.9 km2. There is a population of around 2500 across 800 households.
As there are no thermal power plants located close to Eigerøy, almost all electricity is generated by hydro plants from the mainland with minor shares of wind and solar power. Some PV panels are already installed on Eigerøy and additionally, about 28 635 m2 has been identified as being available on roof tops of industrial buildings. This large area will, when fully developed, contribute to energy production with a current estimate of 5200 MWh/year. 

Island Eigerøy - credits Arve Ove

Thermal energy in households is currently 78% from electricity, 16.7% via wood, coal and coke and 5.3% with liquid fossil fuel.  New industries are to be established in Eigerøy in the coming years, increasing the energy demand. Therefore, the existing energy system requires an upgrade, in line with high-level ambition on green alternatives for sustainable development.

Role in RIPEET

Eigersund expects to exchange experiences and learn from partners working on energy transition and effectiveness. The municipality hopes to be able to translate this knowledge and use it to contribute to answering society's challenges and work together to achieve the EU Green Deal goals.

Harbour - Credits ENH

About the region

Local ecosystem

Eigersund will be working with:

  • Local companies with an interest on renewables and smart grids
  • Universities and research institutes, such as the University of Stavanger and the Institute for Energy (IFE) in Norway
  • Local and regional industry
  • Existing partners from the H2020 Robinson project. Robinson aims to decarbonise islands through developing an intelligent, flexible and modular Energy Management System (EMS), better integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) including wind on and offshore, solar, hydrogen, biomass and wastewater valorisation, industrial symbiosis, and the optimisation and validation of innovative technologies.

Energy best practices implemented by the municipality

  1. Synergies between different renewables sources such as wind, biomass, hydrogen, etc.
  2. Energy from waste. They have received funding to create a pilot in the region to treat biowaste and create biofuels for aviation and maritime transport
  3. Engaging all society in the energy transition. For example, through a wind training centre in Egersund and working together with regional secondary schools.

Highlights from the peer-learning visit in Ostrobothnia - April 2023

RIPEET peer-learning visit to Vaasa, Finland gathered stakeholders from the mirror ecosystems in Silesia, Poland and Eigersund, Norway in a 3-days programme focusing on sharing regional practices, challenges and innovative solutions on energy transition.

Watch the video to learn more about the mirror regions' representatives experience and the main takeaways from the visit!