Scotland Wind Power

UK To Send Clean Wind Power To Nuclear-Powered France

Written by Green Chip Stocks
Posted February 20, 2012 at 3:51PM

Last week the UK and France signed an agreement on nuclear power that could – going by the growing body of evidence on the rising cost of nuclear power – prove to be a huge drain on the public purse in the future. But at the same UK-France summit, a separate agreement was clinched to build an electricity interconnector between the two countries that could see Europe stepping closer to a more energy-secure future.

The interconnector cable, known as the FABLink, will connect France, the Channel Island of Alderney and mainland Britain. Edward Davey, UK Energy Secretary, said he recognises the “importance of further developing new electricity interconnectors between our two countries in order to strengthen further the linking of our grids, improve the security of our energy supplies and facilitate the integration of intermittent energy sources.”

Meanwhile, the UK announced another new electricity link last week – a subsea interconnector between Hunterston in West Scotland and the Wiral peninsula in England near the Welsh border. The 418 km cable will bring renewable energy from Scotland further south helping the UK to meet its carbon cutting targets. It is due to be online by 2016.

“The additional capacity from this link will provide a significant boost to renewable energy projects that we are developing in Scotland in order to bring clean energy to consumers throughout the country,” Ignacio Galan, Chairman of Scottish Power said.

The Scottish government wants to increase its renewable power generation from 10 TWh today to 50 TWh by 2020 – in order to meet its target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020. Scotland already has over 2,500 MW of wind power capacity.

These announcements come as European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, last week warned that Europe must co-operate on grids at a European level or face declining global competitiveness.

Find out more on free movement of electricity here:

Enjoy this article? Get more in our Free Newsletter

Get the inside track on the most lucrative stock plays in today's scorching-hot alternative and renewable energy markets.

Sign up for the FREE Energy and Capital daily e-Letter from alternative energy experts Jeff Siegel and Nick Hodge. We'll also send you our latest report on Wind Investing straight to your inbox.

Your Privacy is Assured.

Jeff Siegel on CNBC

Green Chip Stocks Editor Jeff Siegel, featured guest on CNBC's Green Week

Related Articles

Domestic Wind Market Strong In 2012
The U.S. wind energy industry is staring off the year on a very positive note.
German Solar Superior To French Nuclear
German solar offers 4 nuclear power plants worth of power to energy-strapped France.
France Wind Power Cheaper Than Nuclear
A new report shows that wind power in France is cheaper than relying on nuclear.