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Homes in Britain could be powered by the volcanoes of Iceland in the next decade under a Government-backed plan.

Geothermal electricity – generated in abundance in Iceland – would be pumped to this country through a ‘supergrid’ of thousands of miles of high-voltage cables laid on the ocean floor.

If the network is built, it would mark an end to the UK’s energy independence, but it would supply a third of the nation’s average electricity demand.

The plan is backed by the Prime Minister and Energy Minister Charles Hendry will visit Reykjavik in May to discuss connecting the UK to Iceland’s ‘green’ energy.

Mr Hendry claims the move would help keep household energy bills down by allowing access to the cheapest energy at any particular time.

The low-carbon electricity would be transported along a cable spanning 600 to 950 miles, by far the longest in the world.

Mr Hendry said: ‘We are in active discussions with the Icelandic government and they are very keen.’ The minister has already met the head of Iceland’s national grid about the plan.

The Europe-wide supergrid would combine the wind and wave power of the northern part of the continent with solar projects such as Desertec in southern Europe and North Africa to deliver reliable, clean energy to meet climate change targets and reduce dependence on fossil imports.

With the North Sea’s oil and gas failing and coal banned as too polluting, Mr Hendry was frank about the future.

‘We will be dependent on imported energy’, he said. The Government’s legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions are another key driver for the new interconnectors.

Mr Hendry said the cables were ‘an absolutely critical part of energy security’.

There are already two international power connections from the UK, to France and the Netherlands, but nine more are planned.

The next to open, in the autumn, will be a link between Ireland and Wales, allowing green energy from the windswept Atlantic coast of Ireland to be delivered to British homes.

Tony Glover, of the Energy Networks Association, said the ability to link electricity supplies from the rest of Europe would help to keep prices competitive.

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