Powerhouse british isles

Bent Sørensen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The British Isles are blessed with one of the largest resources of offshore wind energy in the world. A scenario simulation is used to demonstrate that not only can each society within the British Isles area in a matter of a few decades (say around 2050) develop an energy system to satisfy all energy demands with 100% renewable energy, but there are further export opportunities to cover more than the entire electricity needs of the continental European Union (EU). The political implication of this is that it would be very foolish of the European Union not to use the Brexit negotiations to establish a friendly relationship with the UK that can open for the electricity imports without which it will be very difficult for the continental EU to reach an emission-free and sustainable energy system.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Technology and Policy
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)160-173
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • British Isles
  • Energy export
  • Energy scenarios
  • European policy
  • Offshore wind power
  • Sustainability

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