Renewable Energy|June 11, 2012 11:09 am

Neighbouring nations create ‘supergrids’ to meet green electricity targets

Nations placed within close proximity to each other, such as Scotland and Norway, are looking share electricity generated to cut carbon emissions and help meet EU targets.

Plans are currently being discussed to run an interconnecting cable between scotland and Norway, to connect together the nation’s grids. Doing this will enable the UK and Norway to share resources for energy generation – such as hydroelectricity and offshore oil rigs.

The plan is quite ingenius – when there is little demand for scottish windpower, such as at night, then the power generated by the wind turbines is sent over to Norway’s hydroelectric dam. Where the water is pumped back into the the dam’s upper reservoir. This water is then released through the hydroelectric dam throughout the day – where it’ll generate electricity that is sent back to Scotland to help with demand.

As a result, both renewable energy sources in scotland and norway will be used to the best of their abilities – with no power being wasted and ensuring that customers will get a constant source of green power.

There have even been talks of the UK tapping into Iceland’s vast geothermal power source.

Tapping into remote european country’s green power sources is an excellent chance to help bigger UK and European cities to run off more carbon friendly and sustainable power – helping the environment massively.

But it comes at a cost.

The Scotland to Norway interconnecting power line will cost roughly £1.5 Billion, and it won’t get completed till 2020.

Also, the cost of the work needed to the be under taken on the UK’s grid just to be capable of meeting its renewable energy targets will come to £8.8billion.

Who’s going to pay for it? All of us! It’ll be included in fuel prices – so that only means one thing… Increased bills.

You can read more about the Scotland to Norway interconnector on the Northconnect website.

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