First published in Windpower Monthly, September 2011.
Plans to build a European supergrid to distribute wind power from the northwest of the continent and solar from the south are decades away from realisation, according to Tim Yeo, chairman of the UK parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, which is investigating the potential benefits of such a scheme.
Yeo said a supergrid capable of transferring large amounts of power would be delayed by the need for governments to negotiate complicated treaties to govern its use. The required level of government-to-government co-operation would be very difficult to achieve, Yeo added.
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