European energy policy supergrid plans move forward

07 Dec 2010
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European energy policy supergrid plans move forward

Plans have moved forward to create an energy "supergrid", according to Ireland's energy minister Eamon Ryan.

He stated that Ireland is in talks with nine other countries in the continent about the European energy policy.

The North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative features the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the Benelux Countries, as well as Ireland.

Mr Ryan stated that it is the best European energy policy decision since the 20-20-20 renewable energy and energy efficiency targets were set.

"This infrastructural project is set to be one of the biggest transnational power structures worldwide. It will ultimately connect offshore wind farms in Northern Europe allowing countries with surplus energy to export," he said.

He added that the move shows the energy policy is happening, rather than just being talked about.

Speaking to BBC News recently, president of the UK Royal Society Lord Rees stated that European energy needs could be met by solar power from Africa. 

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