Competitiveness of corporate sourcing of renewable energy
Annex A.2 to part 2 of the study on the competitiveness of the renewable energy sector, Case study: primary aluminium alcoa and norsk hydro
This case study focuses on corporate sourcing of renewable energy (RE) in the primary aluminium sector. More specifically, it presents the European experience of two global leaders in the aluminium industry, i.e. Alcoa and Norsk Hydro. These companies operate aluminium smelters in many countries in the world, including three Member States (Germany, Slovakia and Spain) of the European Union (EU). Historically, Alcoa’s and Norsk Hydro’s aluminium smelters in Norway have been sourcing electricity via hydropower power purchase agreements (PPAs). In the last years, the two companies have also... decided to fuel their operations in Norway via long-term wind power PPAs. Both companies also have experience in the generation of renewable electricity in extra-EU countries. Nevertheless, after assessing the available options, for the time being they have not been able to source renewable electricity in the EU. By comparing the Norwegian case with the challenges experienced in EU Member States, this case study devises policy recommendations aiming to enable electricity-intensive industries to further contribute to the uptake of RE in the EU.
- Corporate author(s): CEPS , COWI , Directorate-General for Energy (European Commission)
- Personal author(s): Zarra, Antonella; Simonelli, Felice Themes: Energy policy, Renewable sources of energy
- Subject: air conditioning, aluminium, case study, competitiveness, energy market, energy policy, heating, hydroelectric power, Norway, physical process, renewable energy, wind energy