(BN) U.K’s Cameron Supports ‘Supergrid’ to Connect EU Power Markets


U.K's Cameron Supports 'Supergrid' to Connect EU Power Markets
2011-01-20 16:31:45.767 GMT

By Catherine Airlie
Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron
backed plans for "Supergrid" to connect markets and wind farms
throughout Europe.
Energy ministers will work together to create a framework
to build a network of cables linking countries and windfarms,
Cameron said at a U.K.-Baltic-Nordic Summit in London today,
according to an e-mailed statement.
The European Commission under President Jose Barroso is
trying to spur development of a Europe-wide grid for electricity
and natural gas. The aim is to diversify supplies from non-
European Union sources to avoid disruptions and establish more
power links between national grids. That would prevent blackouts
and allow utilities and traders to move electricity from one
market to another more easily. The commission is the 27-nation
EU's executive arm in Brussels.
"The future lies in green energy and Britain wants to work
with other countries to make the most of the clean energy
potential in and around the North Sea," Chris Huhne, U.K.
energy secretary, said in the same statement.

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