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Europe needs a green power grid. What's holding it back?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: A unified electricity grid for renewables is essential for Europe to meet its climate targets, but financial constraints and a lack of cooperation are significant obstacles
• Building such a grid would require substantial investment and collaboration among EU member states

🔭 The context: Different regions in Europe are better suited for various types of green energy, such as wind in the north and solar in the south
• Despite recognizing the need for an upgraded grid, progress has been slow, with Germany alone being seven years behind on its grid expansion

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: A Europe-wide green power grid would optimize renewable energy use, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and lower overall electricity costs
• Enhanced interconnectivity could lead to more efficient and sustainable energy distribution across the continent

⏭️ What's next: Major investments are needed, with estimates suggesting up to €800 billion required by 2030
• EU funding mechanisms and private investments will play a crucial role in financing these projects

💬 One quote: "We expect to electrify different sectors, which means that our electricity consumption will double and that, of course, means we have to strengthen our electricity grid, too." — Kadri Simson, EU Energy Commissioner

📈 One stat: European consumers paid €600 billion for fossil fuels from third countries in 2022, highlighting the potential cost savings from investing in renewable energy infrastructure

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