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United Kingdom

Scottish government calls for North Sea supergrid study

The Scottish government is calling for a partnership of countries bordering the North Sea to look into an offshore "supergrid" that will allow the North Sea's wind, wave and tidal potential to be exploited. A pre-scoping report by Sinclair Knight Merz defines the reach of a £400,000 study to examine the technical, economic, social and financial feasibility of a North Sea grid. The Scottish government hopes five other countries will participate in the study -- Norway, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands. It also hopes to attract funding from the European Commission (EC). Notably, the plans by the Scottish Nationalist government do not appear to include the rest of the UK, even though England has the second largest coastline on the North Sea behind Norway and has ambitious plans for offshore renewables. "I have long argued that a North Sea offshore supergrid will encourage renewable generation and exports from Scotland and also contribute to future energy security in Europe" says Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond. "We can export power from energy-rich northern Europe to the energy-poorer areas."

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