It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany\’s vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway\’s fjords: Europe\’s first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up plans to link their clean energy projects around the North Sea.
The network, made up of thousands of kilometres of highly efficient undersea cables that could cost up to €30bn (£26.5bn), would solve one of the biggest criticisms faced by renewable power – that unpredictable weather means it is unreliable.
With a renewables supergrid, electricity can be supplied across the continent from wherever the wind is blowing, the sun is shining or the waves are crashing.
Bit of a blow to certain greenie types.
You can either have renewables or you can have self-sufficiency. But you cannot have both.
Norway\’s hydro facilities will become the battery for the whole system. Not, in outline, a bad idea.
But it isn\’t self-sufficiency, is it?