The idea of the EU getting a large chunk of its electricity from unstable North African countries always seemed to be a non-starter. Electricity always has to be available, and unlike oil if you have a juiceline coming from a country that suddenly erupts into civil war you are in more than a bit of trouble. You can’t simply order electricity from somewhere else. Relying on Islamist fanatics to pipe down for a few decades so that the EU can avoid blackouts always seemed to be a rather strange form of energy policy.
And today the CEO of Desertec seems to have abandoned the dream of North African solar powering the EU. Quoted by Euroactiv, he says:
“If we talk about renewable energy from North Africa, only a small fraction will ultimately supply the European market.”
“Frankly, four years ago Desertec was all about bringing energy from North Africa. We abandoned that one-dimensional thinking. It’s now more about creating integrated markets in which renewable energy will bring its advantages … That’s the main objective.”
This is rather delightful corporate babble, translating roughly as “Desertec is dead,” and a mere restatement of the inevitable and the obvious.
Now, how is that similar scheme to plaster Siberia with wind farms doing?