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Gridlock: How a lack of power lines will delay the age of renewables

By Attracta Mooney

11 Jun 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

The FT sheds light on the surprising bottleneck in the renewable energy sector, revealing how overwhelmed grid operators are becoming an obstacle to the worldwide energy transition.

The Couture wind farm in Poitou-Charentes, south-west France, is in limbo. Despite having planning permission, construction of the 33.3 megawatt wind farm, which could power 30,000 houses, is on hold. The problem: gridlock on the grid.

The project’s developer BayWa RE says the wind farm is facing an eight-year wait before it can obtain a connection to the grid — the network of cables, substations and transformers that takes electricity around regions, countries and across borders to power our homes, offices and factories.

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