Thursday, October 29, 2015

United Kingdom: PM to Announce Plan to Import Geothermal Energy from Iceland

David Cameron to announce plan to power UK by harnessing Iceland's volcanoes (Independent)

The PM is expected to launch a feasibility study in Reykjavik on Thursday

Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and
UK Prime Minister David Cameron. (CourtesyÁrni Sæberg)
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is poised to launch an ambitious project that could see Britain harnessing the power of Iceland's volcanoes within the next 10 years.

The plan would involve the construction of 750 miles of undersea cabling, allowing the UK to exploit Iceland's long-term, renewable geothermal energy.

Teeming with volcanic activity, Iceland reportedly meets around 95 per cent of its own electricity needs using geothermal sources - but its remote location has made exporting it almost impossible.

British officials told the Press Association that the new "UK-Iceland Energy Task Force" had been set up to examine the feasibility of the scheme and told to report back in six months.

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