On Thursday morning, TV 2 could tell the story of Nærbø Idrettslag, which, like many other teams, is bleeding money due to the electricity crisis.
Then the general manager, Einar Auestad, said that they feared having to close parts of the plant. In total, there are approximately 800 members in the club.
To put the electricity crisis in context, Nærbø Sports Association paid NOK 31,000 for electricity in March 2020. In March 2022, the bill was NOK 202,000.
In August 2022, the bill is expected to be a minimum of NOK 400,000.
Now an extraordinary board meeting has led to the electricity in the ice rink being turned off indefinitely. This means that the ice disappears and that 160 members are affected.
– We have seen over a long period that this could become serious, says Auestad to TV 2.
The daily manager has feared for a long time what the consequences could be. Therefore, a board meeting was planned soon, but he had not expected it to happen so quickly.
– The plan was an extraordinary board meeting during September, but we had not got further than 1 September, before the figures came. There is a minimum of NOK 410,000 in electricity costs alone. Then we found out we had to take action, says the sports manager.
Close to 200 are affected
The closure of the ice rink means that the sports offer for many people will end.
– A total of 160 members are affected. A large part of them are children and young people, says Auestad to TV 2.
As of Monday 12 September, the ice rink will be without electricity, which will also cause the ice to melt. When they think of turning the power back on is impossible to say.
– It is very regrettable that this had to happen right now. A lot of activity was planned in the coming weeks. We are very sorry that we have to take the ice in the hall, but it costs too much.
The latest increase in electricity prices meant that Auestad feared an electricity bill of up to NOK 300,000 for August alone. But it would turn out to be worse for the sports team from Jæren.
The bill comes to a minimum of NOK 400,000.
Which means that the bill was NOK 100,000 higher than the worst assumption.
Nærbø Idrettslag is one of 1,462 teams and sports organizations that have applied to the Lotteries and Foundations Authority for electricity support for the expenses they had in April, May and June.
In total, Norwegian sports are asking for NOK 21.6 million in support.