Iceland’s volcanoes to power UK?

Iceland’s volcanoes could power the UK in the next decade. According to reports, the UK is mulling over building an undersea cable – or interconnector – with Iceland to take advantage […]

By Vicky Ellis

Iceland’s volcanoes could power the UK in the next decade. According to reports, the UK is mulling over building an undersea cable – or interconnector – with Iceland to take advantage of its geothermal power resources.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry is to visit Iceland to discuss the possibility, he said in a newspaper interview.

The link between the countries could fit in with a network of interconnectors which is already underway with several other European nations such as Norway, Belgium and France, according to the networks trade body.

Tony Glover, Head of Press and Public Affairs at Energy Networks Association said: “Interconnectors have an essential role to play in making best use of Europe’s renewable energy and allowing access to a European electricity grid.

“For example, on Norwegian connection the use of clean hydro power from Norway can help reduce overall carbon emissions from fossil fuels.”

Linking up with others could provide a solution to wind intermittency and help keep Britons’ bills low, suggested Mr Glover: “For consumers the ability to link electricity supplies from the rest of Europe is good for competition in the market and will generally help to keep prices competitive.”

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