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21 Jan 2011 10:01:03

Prime minister pledges support for European supergrid

Prime minister pledges support for European supergrid
Prime minister David Cameron has pledged his support for a European supergrid, stressing the need for a framework to be established to promote investment in this area.

Mr Cameron said the energy ministers of the Nordic and Baltic states, and the UK, will work together under the North Seas Countries' Offshore Grid Initiative to ensure challenges such as regulatory and planning issues are dealt with.

The UK is collaborating with nine other countries on the supergrid project, including Germany and France.

Energy secretary Chris Huhne said: "Europe's future lies in green energy and Britain wants to work with other countries to make the most of the clean energy potential in and around the North Sea."

The infrastructure would mean renewable energy generated in one European country could be transported through subsea cables to other nations and offshore wind turbines could be connected to the grid.

Europe is aiming to generate 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, however a report by the European Renewable Energy Association recently suggested it is likely to exceed this target.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800356453-ADNFCR

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Mani Rai wrote:

27 Jan 2011

Philip Lowe, DG for Energy, European Commission
Joe Corbett, Head of Technical Services, Friends of the Supergrid
Graeme Steele, Chairman, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity will be discussing issues relating to Designing a Supergrid, technology and possible regulatory models for the Supergrid at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's conference on Connecting Renewable Energy to the Grid, Feb, London.

ddmterry wrote:

27 Jan 2011

Manchester University were, with several european colleagues, granted research funding on this some 3 years ago. Surely by now we should be hearing some results and, better still, some plans on its implementation.

Jiandong wrote:

28 Jan 2011

Years ago the European supergrid concept is just a vision, and now it is about to come to reality.
The drive for building such giant infrastructure lies in making the most of renewable energy, but in the long run, I think 4G nuclear power plamts have the most potential. Whatever, taking initiatives is better than doing nothing.

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