Better energy grid would help Europe cut carbon

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A truly pan-European energy market, with the grid infrastructure to support it, would make renewables a more attractive investment and help bring down the continent’s carbon footprintThis was the central message of Georg Adamowitsch, German Minister

turned EC grid guru, when he spoke at the BWEA offshore wind conference

on Thursday.

Mr Adamowitsch, European co-ordinator of interconnection, said the

growth in renewables, and offshore wind in particular, was akin to a

new industrial revolution but was being stifled by the lack of

infrastructure that would allow energy to be effectively transferred

between countries.

He said that wind, by its nature, was intermittent but if you cast

the net wider, these localised dips in energy production could be

softened, as it was always likely to be windy somewhere in Europe.

An international grid could take the spikes in energy production

out of the picture, he argued, and this would make wind energy much

more attractive to investors.

It would also allow for easy international trade of renewables,

helping to address the issues of surplus energy and shortages across

Europe, helping to address problems faced by many individual nations.

This would, in turn, lead to far greater carbon cuts than were

likely to result from the European Emissions Trading Scheme, he


“Transmission is the key for reducing carbon emissions,” he said.

“Trade can only happen if there’s a net.”

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