A move to create an offshore grid covering the countries of northern Europe could help to increase competition and give access to cheap energy, it has been claimed.
A recent meeting of energy ministers from nine countries of northern Europe has led to the possibility of the development of offshore wind infrastructure in the Irish Sea and North Sea.
The development of a single supergrid covering all the countries could also be developed, allowing power to go to where it is needed most.
Press officer at the European Wind Energy Association Paolo Berrino said that such a move would not only help to shore up supplies, but could also prove beneficial to the consumer.
"[A North Sea Grid] will connect grids across Northern Europe - allowing trade in electricity between countries and thereby bringing more competition into the market and reducing electricity prices," he said.
Further to this, it would allow for more exploitation of both onshore and offshore energy sources, he argued.