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Berlin pushes Norway link

The British Embassy in Berlin is hosting a meeting at the end of this month to explore how a North Sea energy grid can be successfully built and financed, especially to connect offshore wind generation to other energy assets, including Norwegian hydropower.

The European Commission will be closely involved, even though Norway is not a member of the European Union. Access to electricity storage is key to making North Sea renewables work most effectively, according to a German government source.

Norway's hydropower resource could be used as a giant battery for electricity generated offshore, initially by wind and later by marine generation.

The meeting will also look at the role of regulators in ensuring that adequate returns on investment in network assets such as a UK-Norway interconnector are achievable.

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