28 01 2015
The North Sea Commission (NSC) is a cooperation platform for regions around the North Sea and has 5 themes they focus on, one of those themes is Energy and Climate Change.
In October the members gathered for a meeting on the North Sea Grid. Tomorrow, 29th January, the stakeholdermeeting in cooperation with DG Mare in Edinburgh takes place. Both ENSEA and NSC are envolved in this meeting. A short interview with Paulien Kooistra.
As an advisor of the Energy and Climate Change working group, Paulien Kooistra is the linking pin between several platforms (ENTSOE, CPMR, projects and the regional representatives of the group) and projects like ENSEA in the North Sea Region.
Paulien: “ENSEA became involved in the North Sea Commission through the coastal provinces of the Netherlands already being a member of the NSC. Another connection was made in Norway where Camilla Loevaas Stavnes was involved in both ENSEA and NSC.”
The NSC has various themes they focus on. You participate in the Energy and Climate change group. What is the main focus of the group? Paulien explains: “The energy and climate change group of the NSC focusses on developing energy related project ideas. Offshore wind and the North Sea Energy Grid, and Smart cities and regions are some of the fields the group addresses.”
During the meeting in October the North Sea Grid was one of the subjects addressed. Paulien emphasizes: “A development strategy for the North Sea region is an ideal platform. Both for the debate reliable essay writing service on and delivery of an E.U. wide integrated energy and climate change strategy.” The heart being the North Sea Energy grid.
In future the NSC is aiming for a wide range of project development in the fields of tidal, blue and wave energy, clean shipping, LNG for ships, trucks and trains. Paulien rounds up by inviting those interested to join the annual conference: “To get an idea of our aims the NSC will organize study visits to some of those or similar projects in Transport and to Energising Deltas (Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands).”
Want to learn more or become a member of the North Sea Commission? Send an email to Paulien Kooistra: Kooistra@energyvalley.nl or visit the website of the North Sea Commission.
22 10 2014
The Norwegian government, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, has announced on 13th October 2014 that they have granted two new licences to Stanett allowing for two new electricity interconnectors to be realised. One will go to Germany and the other to United Kingdom. This will increase Norway’s energy export capacity by nearly 50%. Stanett plan for the German cable to be commissioned in 2018 while the UK cable will, if all goes to plan, be commissioned in 2020.
Statnett owns both interconnectors on the Norwegian side. Statnett is cooperating with the German system operator TenneT and the German state owned bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) about the Norway-Germany project, Nord.Link. Statnett is cooperating with UK system operator National Grid about the Norway-UK project, North Sea Network (NSN).
– Interconnection with Germany and the UK will give a better utilization of the power systems and create economic benefits. These cables are important for successfully increasing our share of renewable energy, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Tord Lien.
Both interconnectors will have a capacity of 1400 megawatt (MW). The interconnector to the UK will be the world’s longest sub-sea cable of its kind.
– The electricity interconnectors will contribute to Norwegian renewable energy replacing fossil energy in Europe and will facilitate green value creation in Norway, says Minister for Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft.
The interconnectors will create economic benefits, including revenues on the interconnector and by increasing the value of Norwegian hydro power. The transition to renewable energy in Europe will interact well with the Norwegian hydro based power system. The Ministry estimates that the benefits of the interconnectors will exceed the costs. Together, the two cables will strengthen the Northern European electricity grid and contribute to more efficient power markets.