Debate over the potential for creating a North Atlantic Energy Network (NAEN) and the boost it could give renewable energy use was reignited at the Arctic Circle Assembly earlier this month (7-9 October).
Proposed plans for NAEN would connect smaller isolated countries to the EU energy grid to transfer renewable energy to the rest of the continent. Such a network could link Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Shetland, Scotland and the UK. Previous research has shown the countries in this region have great potential to provide renewable energy from wind, tidal and hydropower. While countries with large hydropower capacity, such as Iceland, could act as a battery to regulate energy production from fluctuating renewables such as wind and tidal power.
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