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28 Jan 2009 05:01:24

Scotland to participate in supergrid development



Scotland to participate in supergrid development
Renewable energy experts from Scotland have been invited to participate in the development of a massive offshore energy grid in the North Sea.

An EU energy chief spoke to Scottish first minister Alex Salmond yesterday (January 27th), praised the government's renewable targets and invited it's participation in the super-grid.

The grid, which would connect offshore renewable energy projects in the North Sea as well as countries with North Sea coasts, was recommended as part of the Energy Security and Solidarity Action plan published by the EU last November.

EU's North Sea Grid Co-ordinator Georg Adamowitsch called on Scotland to help the project develop, saying: "You have excellent renewable targets and we need your experts in our working group."

The Scottish government has set a target of meeting 20 per cent of its energy capacity through renewables by 2020.

Mr Salmond, claimed the country was up to the challenge, saying: "Scotland has the capacity and capability to become the green energy capital of Europe. We have a clear, competitive advantage across the range of renewable technologies - with up to 25 per cent of Europe's offshore wind, wave and tidal energy potential.

"That has already been recognised across Europe as contributing to future energy security, with a North Sea supergrid a designated infrastructure priority."

A supergrid could help make wind power – which unless it is coupled with an energy storage system can be intermittent – a more stable supply as a generation shortfall in one area could be compensated by a surplus in another.


http://ec.europa.eu/energy/strategies/2008/2008_11_ser2_e...


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