European energy infrastructure 'must be overhauled'

13 Oct 2010
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European energy infrastructure 'must be overhauled'

The European Commission is considering putting plans in place for an overhaul of the current European energy infrastructure in order for the continent to meet its power needs.

A document obtained by EUobserver claims that the commission is set to lobby for the creation of a European energy supergrid.

"Energy demand and import dependence on fossil fuels will continue to grow over the coming years, making Europe's energy equation even more difficult," it said.

Part of the move towards an improved infrastructure will be due to the need to manage the increasing amount of renewable energy which is being generated all over Europe.

The commission added that investments of €1 trillion (£873.6 billion) could be needed in order to transform the European energy infrastructure over the next decade.

Stewart Larque, UK media relations manager at National Grid, recently stated that it is difficult to say whether or not a European energy supergrid could be formed, but refused to rule out the possibility of it occurring. 

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