Saturday, 13 November 2010

Oh Boy, Do The EU Have Energy!

Referring to my post of three days ago:
"Do note also the changes in the means of gas and electricity production: Another priority for the next decade will be to build an integrated pan-European energy market, as both electricity and gas markets remain fragmented by national boundaries."
Courtesy of The Albion Alliance Presents comes confirmation (click on go to source):
"Current barriers to opening up national markets for energy would be dismantled. Investment of about €1 trillion is needed to complete a modern pan-European electrical grid connecting all countries, allowing them to distribute supply wherever needed. Projects and funding to upgrade and extend the grid would be fast-tracked. Offshore wind and solar sources would be better connected to the grid, encouraging more investment in renewable energy."

Remember folks, you want breaking EU news? The Albion Alliance Presents is the place to  go!


Sue said...

Doesn't that constitute a monopoly? That would mean the EU could charge what it liked for energy!

microdave said...

And do they have the faintest idea just how much cabling would be needed? The single inter-connector cable between the UK and France can carry 2GW, or about the same as one large power station. The UK's peak demand can be over 55GW....

Consider that last winter we had a period of high pressure and consequent low wind speeds lasting for over a week. During this period Wind Power provided less than half a percent of the demand!

Witterings From Witney said...


Of course it will be a monopoly - and state ownership to boot in that they will be able to 'standardise' prices - cant have one charging more than another can we?. What else is the EU?

microdave, utter utter madness is it not? Anyway we have one bloody cable and the last thing we need is more!

Woodsy42 said...

The saddest aspect of this to me is that if it were implemented for honest reasons by honourable people it could make some sense.
Spreading power load over a larger area and having a wider range of power sources potentially helps alleviate fuel supply problems, smooth surges in demand and help make power generation and distribution more efficient and cheaper for everyone.
But as we know it's being implemented by dishounourable people for all the wrong reasons, to drive an evil hidden agenda - and that's sad.

Witterings From Witney said...

W42, exactly and your last sentence hits the nail on the head!