Energy crisis latest: UK outmanoeuvres Brussels infighting by striking Norway power deal | World | News
The world’s longest subsea power cable under the North Sea built by the UK and Norway has started operations after going online earlier today. The record-breaking power cable will hopefully ease the ongoing energy crisis in the country. Brexit Britain was able to start up the power cable deal with Norway just as the EU descends into infighting over soaring energy bills.
The UK and the Scandinavian nation have agreed to share renewable energy sources over the coming years, via a 450-mile “interconnector” hailed as a “remarkable feat of engineering”.
The operation comes just in time, as millions of Britons fear huge rises in their energy bills following soaring wholesale prices.
Reporting from the Norwegian fjords, Sky News’ Thomas Moore said: “Norway’s steep valleys and abundant rainfalls are perfect for hydroelectricity.
“Huge reservoirs produce so much green energy that some will now be exported to Britain through a cable under the North Sea – the longest in the world.”
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He continued: “One of the issues with green energy is the intermittency of supply.
“Sometimes the wind doesn’t blow, and the sun doesn’t shine, but hydro-power can help plug the gap.
“In essence, Norway could be a giant battery for the UK.
“The UK generates a quarter of its energy from the wind but an unusually calm summer and a gas price spike meant the National Grid had to fire up a coal power station to keep the lights on.
Europeans fear a bitter winter as reserves of natural gas dry up and renewable supplies struggle to keep up with demand.
Since the start of the year, wholesale gas prices in Europe have risen by 300 percent.
Many blame Russia, which has been accused of strategically limiting the flow of gas into Europe to gain political leverage over the bloc.
Spain, France and Italy have all drawn up emergency measures to help their populations deal with the rising energy bills.
Meanwhile, Spain has called on the EU to act, complaining that “member states should not need to improvise ad hoc measures every time markets malfunction”.