“You can easily power the world, but only if you have the right grids. You have to have large-scale continental-wide grids, even transcontinental grids.” The Climate Parliament’s Secretary-General, Nick Dunlop said in a recent Financial Times article on the lack of critical grids infrastructure that is delaying the integration of renewable energy into power systems globally. One project, the Couture wind farm in southwest France is facing an eight-year wait before it can contain connection to the grid, the article reports.
A massive increase in transmission infrastructure is essential if we are to meet net zero goals and keep the world in a safe carbon budget. There is no transition without transmission.
You can read the full article with an FT subscription here: Gridlock: how a lack of power lines will delay the age of renewables