British authorities have been speaking with Icelandic energy companies about the possibility of purchasing electricity via an under sea cable. The British, like most nations, are increasingly looking to appropriate more renewably-generated electricity.
This information comes from a written answer to the House of Commons from energy minister Charles Hendry.
The cable would be the longest under sea power line in the world, at over 1,600 km.
Hendry says he has not spoken to Icelandic authorities directly, but that his department has been speaking with Icelandic companies. This idea has been discussed and investigated for over a decade and has always been considered technically possible, but uneconomical.
Now the economic requirements have changed somewhat and the demand for renewable electricity carries on growing. If things move relatively quickly, the cable could potentially be operational by 2020, RUV reports.