Poor grid connections 'harming renewable energy developments'

26 Nov 2010
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Poor grid connections 'harming renewable energy developments'

Poor grid connections are posing a threat to renewable energy developments, according to Gareth Davies, chairman of Scottish Renewables' marine work group.

Speaking to the Scottish Renewables conference in Inverness, he argued that investors are holding back from renewable energy developments because of a lack of grid connections.

"Scotland clearly leads the world in the development of wave and tidal technologies," he was quoted as saying by the Scotsman.

But Mr Davies pointed out that in order for the country to meet its potential for the generation of renewable energy, changes need to be made, especially around the west and north coasts of the country.

"These areas presently lack the necessary grid infrastructure to export electricity," he said.

Earlier this week, a newly-published report by the European Wind Energy Association called for the introduction of a continental energy grid, as well as the introduction of fair competition between firms in the industry.

Daniel Dobbeni, president of ENTSO-E, stated that the report will provide a basis for energy policy debate. 

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