Plan floated to green UK's power grid

Government announces "vision" of north-south undersea cable from Scotland to Cornwall

The UK government today outlined plans for an undersea power cable running the whole length of Britain's west coast to boost the long-term prospects for renewable energies. Much of the country's very significant wind, wave and tidal resource is situated along the 640km stretch from north-west Scotland to Cornwall, but the area currently has weak electricity infrastructure.

Like several previous British renewable energy announcements, the plan is at an early and somewhat uncertain stage. An initial feasibility study is to be completed by the end of the year, said energy minister Brian Wilson, followed by more a detailed examination if this proves warranted. No target date for completion has been given.

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