Scotland is key for European offshore grid

The European Commission has stated that Scotland is a key region for offshore renewables. A report published today by the European grid co-ordinator praises Scotland’s use of differing offshore technologies. […]

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By Tom Gibson

The European Commission has stated that Scotland is a key region for offshore renewables. A report published today by the European grid co-ordinator praises Scotland’s use of differing offshore technologies.

The Commission is targeting an offshore grid as a priority project. Energy Minister Jim Mather said: “Scotland will be at the heart of plans to deliver a North Sea offshore grid to interconnect European electricity networks. We are playing a full part in its development, plugging Scotland in to be able to export even greater amounts of clean, green energy, helping cut emissions and ensuring the future security of European energy supplies.”

Parliament has today debated the UK Government’s proposed Electricity Market Reforms. Mr Mather hoped they’d look in favour of Scottish industry: “The UK’s Electricity Market Reforms that Parliament is debating today are crucial to ensuring we have the right regulatory frameworks and support mechanisms to drive industry and investor confidence to deliver that. Today’s debate is a further opportunity for Scotland’s voice to be heard.”

Ten countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to create a North Sea grid.