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Friday, September 5, 2008

Wind Power: Greenpeace proposes grid in the North Sea to supply 70m homes




The international environmental organization Greenpeace proposed to the European Union the creation of a transnational wind power grid in the North Sea, to supply 70 million homes. The project - with 10,000 off-shore turbines - would connect England, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.

According to the newspaper "The Guardian", the experts of the European Commission have been pleased with the idea, even with contained enthusiasm. The proposal was considered "ambitious but realistic".

The EU is committed to cutting greenhouse gases by 20%, producing 20% of primary energy from renewables and reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020 - the so-called 20/20/20 package.
"The grid would enable the efficient large-scale integration of renewable energy in the power system across the whole North Sea region,"
"A dip in wind power in one area could be 'balanced' by higher production in another area, even hundreds of kilometres away."
said Frauke Thies, a Greenpeace campaigner.

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2 comments:

Linda said...

WOW! that would be great for all of those countries. Is it going to happen?

RennyBA said...

Very important and significant contribution. I'm looking forward to the day when Norway has finished their pollution free power plant.