Former LO leader Gerd Liv Valla with electricity protest

Former LO leader Gerd Liv Valla has thrown himself into the fight against the high electricity prices, and against his own government. As a member of the alternative energy commission, she handed over a letter of protest to the government and the Storting on Monday. She is not kind to the government and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s handling of the electricity crisis.

– I think they have come a little behind. I was a bit surprised earlier this spring, when I heard that they didn’t have a full overview of how much water we had in the tanks, says Valla.

Clear requirements

On Monday, Industriaksjonen.no carried out a demonstration in front of the Storting. Here it handed demands to party leaders and the energy and environment committee from the Alternative Energy Commission, which is chaired by the former LO leader.

– Electricity should not be a commodity that anyone, whether they are private or municipal or state, should make a profit from. Power is infrastructure, says Gerd Liv Valla.

– Have you taken this up directly with Jonas Gahr Støre?

– No, I don’t think I’ve actually done that, but I might as well do it. We have now written a letter, but it would have been nice to have a chat with Jonas about this.

– He hasn’t called?

– No, he hasn’t called. I understand that with the war in Europe this is a difficult situation. But some structural measures must be taken now, says Gerd Liv Valla.

AP VETERANS IN ELECTRICITY PROTEST: Former LO leader Gerd-Liv Valla and former Ap state secretary in the Ministry of Oil and Energy, Trygve Tamburstuen, fronted the electricity demonstration on Eidsvoll plass on Monday morning.  Photo: Per Haugen / TV 2

AP VETERANS IN ELECTRICITY PROTEST: Former LO leader Gerd-Liv Valla and former Ap state secretary in the Ministry of Oil and Energy, Trygve Tamburstuen, fronted the electricity demonstration on Eidsvoll plass on Monday morning. Photo: Per Haugen / TV 2

Structural grabs

Another member of the alternative energy commission is former state secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, and business leader Trygve Tamburstuen. He has been a member of the Labor Party for 59 years, but believes the government is now violating the prerequisites for Norwegian energy policy.

– Electricity is a necessity in one of the world’s coldest countries, and access to electricity at a reasonable price has always been a decisive competitive factor for Norwegian industry. Now it is about to be destroyed, and then structural measures must be taken to secure it, says Trygve Tamburstuen.

He believes that electricity support is just a plaster on the wound.

Together with former LO leader Gerd Liv Valla, he today handed over four demands to the Storting’s energy committee.

* Remove the link between European power prices and Norwegian electricity prices

* National control over power turnover in Norway

* National control over the export and import of electricity

* The electricity price must be based on what it costs to produce, not the market price

The government established a separate Energy Commission earlier this year, which has been given until 15 December to present its proposals to stabilize prices and ensure access to electricity.

The alternative energy commission Valla and Tamburstuen participate in was established by the so-called Industriaksjonen, with origins on the left in the trade union movement.

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