The benefits of the Super Grid, a reminder

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Adam Barber
June 20, 2011
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The benefits of the Super Grid, a reminder

I’ve talked before about the benefits of a European super grid. At risk of repeating myself, I’m going to talk about it again.

Why? Because later today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be meeting senior members of the British-Irish Council, to discuss the possibility of expanding electricity grid connections throughout the British Isles.

It’s an important meeting. Particularly if the UK is to stay on track to achieve its 2020 target – a milestone that, at our current rate of power consumption, remains a big ask.

What’s interesting is that for all parties, we’re at a critical juncture. New transmission lines are planned, future investment is already being committed and the mood within all camps is that there’s a deal to be done.

For Britain, an expanded grid provides the chance for more power to be sourced through renewable means. While for Ireland (and indeed for Scotland – since Alex Salmond is also attending), there’s a very real chance to grow existing infrastructure and generate significant future revenue.

In short, if the deal is right, everyone stands to win.

There’s just one catch.

With the voice of numerous environmental groups already growing stronger, the discussions around the table need to be open, frank and fair. Everyone needs to work together and everyone needs to remain united. This is not the time for party politics.

As the industry has proved, time and time again, success can only ever be achieved through winning both the heart and the mind.

I’ve talked before about the benefits of a European super grid. At risk of repeating myself, I’m going to talk about it again.

Why? Because later today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be meeting senior members of the British-Irish Council, to discuss the possibility of expanding electricity grid connections throughout the British Isles.

It’s an important meeting. Particularly if the UK is to stay on track to achieve its 2020 target – a milestone that, at our current rate of power consumption, remains a big ask.

What’s interesting is that for all parties, we’re at a critical juncture. New transmission lines are planned, future investment is already being committed and the mood within all camps is that there’s a deal to be done.

For Britain, an expanded grid provides the chance for more power to be sourced through renewable means. While for Ireland (and indeed for Scotland – since Alex Salmond is also attending), there’s a very real chance to grow existing infrastructure and generate significant future revenue.

In short, if the deal is right, everyone stands to win.

There’s just one catch.

With the voice of numerous environmental groups already growing stronger, the discussions around the table need to be open, frank and fair. Everyone needs to work together and everyone needs to remain united. This is not the time for party politics.

As the industry has proved, time and time again, success can only ever be achieved through winning both the heart and the mind.

I’ve talked before about the benefits of a European super grid. At risk of repeating myself, I’m going to talk about it again.

Why? Because later today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be meeting senior members of the British-Irish Council, to discuss the possibility of expanding electricity grid connections throughout the British Isles.

It’s an important meeting. Particularly if the UK is to stay on track to achieve its 2020 target – a milestone that, at our current rate of power consumption, remains a big ask.

What’s interesting is that for all parties, we’re at a critical juncture. New transmission lines are planned, future investment is already being committed and the mood within all camps is that there’s a deal to be done.

For Britain, an expanded grid provides the chance for more power to be sourced through renewable means. While for Ireland (and indeed for Scotland – since Alex Salmond is also attending), there’s a very real chance to grow existing infrastructure and generate significant future revenue.

In short, if the deal is right, everyone stands to win.

There’s just one catch.

With the voice of numerous environmental groups already growing stronger, the discussions around the table need to be open, frank and fair. Everyone needs to work together and everyone needs to remain united. This is not the time for party politics.

As the industry has proved, time and time again, success can only ever be achieved through winning both the heart and the mind.

I’ve talked before about the benefits of a European super grid. At risk of repeating myself, I’m going to talk about it again.

Why? Because later today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be meeting senior members of the British-Irish Council, to discuss the possibility of expanding electricity grid connections throughout the British Isles.

It’s an important meeting. Particularly if the UK is to stay on track to achieve its 2020 target – a milestone that, at our current rate of power consumption, remains a big ask.

What’s interesting is that for all parties, we’re at a critical juncture. New transmission lines are planned, future investment is already being committed and the mood within all camps is that there’s a deal to be done.

For Britain, an expanded grid provides the chance for more power to be sourced through renewable means. While for Ireland (and indeed for Scotland – since Alex Salmond is also attending), there’s a very real chance to grow existing infrastructure and generate significant future revenue.

In short, if the deal is right, everyone stands to win.

There’s just one catch.

With the voice of numerous environmental groups already growing stronger, the discussions around the table need to be open, frank and fair. Everyone needs to work together and everyone needs to remain united. This is not the time for party politics.

As the industry has proved, time and time again, success can only ever be achieved through winning both the heart and the mind.

I’ve talked before about the benefits of a European super grid. At risk of repeating myself, I’m going to talk about it again.

Why? Because later today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be meeting senior members of the British-Irish Council, to discuss the possibility of expanding electricity grid connections throughout the British Isles.

It’s an important meeting. Particularly if the UK is to stay on track to achieve its 2020 target – a milestone that, at our current rate of power consumption, remains a big ask.

What’s interesting is that for all parties, we’re at a critical juncture. New transmission lines are planned, future investment is already being committed and the mood within all camps is that there’s a deal to be done.

For Britain, an expanded grid provides the chance for more power to be sourced through renewable means. While for Ireland (and indeed for Scotland – since Alex Salmond is also attending), there’s a very real chance to grow existing infrastructure and generate significant future revenue.

In short, if the deal is right, everyone stands to win.

There’s just one catch.

With the voice of numerous environmental groups already growing stronger, the discussions around the table need to be open, frank and fair. Everyone needs to work together and everyone needs to remain united. This is not the time for party politics.

As the industry has proved, time and time again, success can only ever be achieved through winning both the heart and the mind.

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