Icelandic volcanoes may power UK

Thursday 12 April 2012

Following from The Guardian article this morning highlighting the potential for interconnection with Iceland, Tony Glover, Head of Press and Public Affairs at Energy Networks Association, said:

“National Grid is progressing interconnectors with Norway and Belgium, and possibly another one to France. Both National Grid and Statnett are experienced in construction and operation of interconnector links.

From an energy industry perspective interconnectors will be important in enabling renewable energy by providing a solution to wind intermittency. They also add diversity to our electricity mix and strengthen security of supply.

In the European context, they enable more integration with the wider European energy market and bring the benefits of converged prices. For example, on Norwegian connection the use of clean hydro power from Norway can help reduce overall carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Interconnectors have an essential role to play in making best use of Europe’s renewable energy and allowing access to a European electricity grid. 

For consumers the ability to link electricity supplies from the rest of Europe is good for competition in the market and will generally help to keep prices competitive.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

The Guardian article can be found here.

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

For further information please contact:

Tony Glover,
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Energy Networks Association
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