E.U. SuperGrid Plan

E.U. SuperGrid Plan

Across the European Union, there is talk about changing their power grid, to transform their current transmission system into a ‘Supergrid’. It is planned that this new grid will revolution how power and energy is transmitted across Europe, which will also help to connect Europe in more ways than just politically and economically.

Like many areas around the globe, the European Union has made commitments to increase their use of renewable energy sources, and decrease their reliance on fossil fuels. The aim, to be reach by 2020, is to have a 20% reliance on renewable and green energy sources, such as solar power, wind power, geothermal and hydroelectric power plants.

There is debate, however, that a ‘Supergrid’ is needed across Europe, if it is worth the cost, and whether or not it can be achieved in a short period of time.

Part of the argument against is there many countries, such as Germany, have the infrastructure and capabilities in place already to power themselves. An aim of Germany is to have more electric powered cars in use, and it is said that their power grid can handle up to a million electric cars in use around the country.

There is a North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative, which combines the needs and abilities of the countries in the North Sea area to utilize the resources available to them, to share and join each other in helping to achieve a higher usage of green energy for all European countries. This is a big and important step forward, as it will take more cooperation from all EU nations.

An investigation into a possible high voltage electricity link is being undertaken by Norwegian utilities E-CO Energi, Agder Energi (AE) and Lyse, Sweden’s Vattenfall, and a Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), with the hope that this may help to meet the renewable energy needs of the U.K. It is planned that a 2GW capacity will be available and feasible, with a hope for this to be in place before 2020.

One of the major problems, however, is a lack of money. There is a lack of interest from private investors to help out financially, and from governments with financial problems of their own.

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