Why the 'battery of Europe' threatens to exacerbate Britain's winter energy crisis

Why the 'battery of Europe' threatens to exacerbate Britain's winter energy crisis

Perched on the edge of Lake Suldalsvatnet, few Britons will have heard of the Kvilldal power station. Yet this hydroelectric plant – Norway’s largest, with capacity to power 1.7m homes – may soon play a pivotal role in keeping their lights on. The site is one being relied on by the National Grid to provide power when the electricity network is most stretched this winter. It is directly linked to the UK via a 450-mile interconnector that travels through underground tunnels, into the great Bokna Fjord and along the bed of the North Sea, before resurfacing in Blyth. According to the National Grid, it allows us to tap clean power on demand when the wind isn’t blowing and our offshore turbines are standing idle. But this link – and others …
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