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North Sea nations planning renewable energy network

The Local · 5 Jan 2010, 12:03

Published: 05 Jan 2010 12:03 GMT+01:00

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The €30-billion project would link German and British offshore wind farms, Norwegian hydroelectric plants, and Belgian and Danish tidal power stations with undersea cables in order to compensate for the irregular nature of renewable energy.

According to the paper, representatives from Germany, Britain, France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg and Norway agreed to the massive undertaking in December and the respective governments hope to make it official by this autumn. The participating nations expect to have the high-voltage power grid complete within the next decade.

As much of the cost is expected to be covered by European energy firms, they are expected to take part in negotiations, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

A European network across the North Sea for renewable energy would alleviate a major drawback to renewable energy: its inconsistency. The paper said such concerns have hindered the advance of environmentally friendly forms of power production such as wind and solar considered crucial in the fight against global warming.

“Up till now everyone has done their own thing. We want to change that,” a spokesman for the German Economy Ministry told the paper.

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The European Union hopes to generate a fifth of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020, spurring the creation of gigantic offshore wind farms currently being built in the North Sea. The paper said they are expected to produce 100 gigawatts of power, making the creation of the new energy network an important priority for Europe.

“The current power grid can’t handle any more from the new wind farms,” Greenpeace’s renewable energy expert Sven Teske told the paper.

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Your comments about this article

13:41 January 5, 2010 by ron1amr
Thats well done. So when you hear the wind farms whistling, it is like music to your ears. if every house has a smaller version of these wind farms with solar. And make a law only electric cars and bikes in the cities. Keep it up.
16:14 January 5, 2010 by lordwilliams629
"What a ugly sight"
22:54 January 5, 2010 by Fredfeldman
The Ted Kennedy family thinks they are ugly too and have been fighting placing a windfarm ofshore of their home in Nantucket. They're not a pretty sight when you expect to see pristine ocean and beach.
23:03 January 5, 2010 by cklb
I agree that wind farms seem to be ugly. But if you go to the sites where nuclear fuel is torn out of the earth you get a different perspective. Not only that those sites look ugly, thei are inhabitable for thousands of years as everything is polluted... And if you think about the "Asse" in Germany, which started to leak and distributes nuclear waste in the ground water since a few years, a few funny windmills turn out too look much nicer at once :)
03:38 January 8, 2010 by sc123
@lordwilliams629 how is that ugly, I is a sign of our progress into making this world a better place for not only humans but all animals
20:35 February 14, 2010 by trevfen
At least when you look out to sea at these wind farms you can

feel a little more positive that your kids and grand kids will live in a cleaner safer world.
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