There have been several reports here of the Scottish Government’s plans to link Scotland, economically and culturally, with Scandinavia and the wider Arctic Circle countries. See:
Scotland’s Nordic-Baltic Co-operation
SNP Government making new links to North and East in preparation for Brexit failures by UK Governmen
Scotland moves closer to the Arctic Circle
Now, we read in Energy Voice, today, of a physical link to Norway with a two-way energy cable:
‘Plans for a giant energy cable linking the north-east with Scandinavia could be given the go ahead this week. The North Connect Project will link Peterhead to Norway with a 415-mile cable, and it is hoped the move can boost the renewable markets in Scotland and Europe. The link will have a capacity of 1400MW and will go under the North Sea from Simadalen in Norway to a site near Boddam.’ The interconnector will allow energy to be shared between Scotland and Norway, meaning hydro power from Norway can be transferred to Scotland when local renewable sources such as wind power cannot meet demand, and vice versa for periods where Norwegian sources are struggling.’
The cable will be funded by Marine Scotland which is the part of Scottish Government that is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland’s seas.
This is excellent news. Labour and Tory parties have a preference for new nuclear, which as we see with the collapse of the new build Hitachi and Toshiba nuclear power stations in Cumbria and Wales, leaves an uncertain future for electrical generation down south. Another Union Albatross!
Scotland can generate enough power over the year, but we need storage/backup to even things out. It will get better once we can harness power from our seas.
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It would be interesting to know how, when the energy reaches Scotland, it will be distributed across the country. Will it have to use the National Grid and the pricing structure it now has? If so, then importing electricity from Norway would simply be a way of making good any deficit in supply due to a failure in a nuclear power plant in England or Wales.
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