Norway derives almost 100 percent of its energy from hydropower. For Germany's planned transition to renewable energy, a close partnership is crucially important, because Norwegian pumped storage power stations could balance out variations in renewable energy sources.
But do Norwegians actually want to their country to become Europe's storage battery? The state energy companies scent a market worth billions, but many Norwegians view an extension of hydropower with concern. Of the country's 28 large waterfalls, only two remain untouched by electricity production. Will gigantic power lines spoil the view of the romantic fjords in future?