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EU Targets For Interconnector Capacity

August 14, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




While I was away, the National Grid published its latest annual Future Energy Scenarios.

I am delving into it at the moment, but spotted this little gem:




No wonder successive governments have been scurrying around trying to get more built!


The chart below shows just much interconnector capacity is expected to expand.



  1. August 14, 2016 4:44 pm

    Another case of “Sure, we’re not doing anything TODAY, but next TUESDAY, we’re gonna be super busy!”.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    August 14, 2016 5:15 pm

    Based upon “installed capacity”.

    With wind having low & solar having lousy load factors, we’re going to get hit.

    But not as hard as the Danes & Germans.

  3. August 14, 2016 6:31 pm

    The “Single Market” and the intended single electricity market are both federal-Europe hiding in plain sight, joining forces with “green” Europe, which has to deal with the insurmountable problem of renewable electricity surpluses by providing a means of consumption or storage.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 15, 2016 12:58 pm

      The storage bit is why they are so keen on electric vehicles as they want their batteries to become storage for the grid. I haven’t heard anything about it recently but there was a project to try all this out on an island somewhere in Denmark(?). Perhaps the silence is a sign of its failure.

  4. August 15, 2016 9:49 am

    Do interconnectors between Scotland and England/Wales count? Probably not.

    Western Link: the billion pound project you may never have heard of…

  5. Graeme No.3 permalink
    August 15, 2016 11:59 am

    Build lots of generators of expensive electricity, which work part of the time, then build lots of expensive interconnectors to move that expensive electricity somewhere else, and then claim it will result in a stable grid with cheap electricity. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to take a politician and a length of rope to the nearest lamp post?
    That way the enthusiasm for another waste of taxpayers money might be reduced.

    • August 15, 2016 2:09 pm

      Instead of sending wind power from Scotland to England/Wales at vast expense, why didn’t they just put the wind power there in the first place and save all that money?

  6. August 15, 2016 3:18 pm

    According to the famous “snake oil salesman”, Tom Bawdon, in today’s “I” Scotland is a shining example of the success of wind generation and there is no problem with storing the power produced or the unreliability of the wind output.

    The real tragedy is that his semi-scientific enviro-babbling drivel is normally restricted to small boxes, but today he has a full page spread. The “believers” still have control of all the media it seems. The clever bit is that no criticism is ever published.

  7. October 14, 2016 12:31 am

    Reblogged this on Jaffer's blog.

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