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Power to the People in the Faroe Islands

Minister of Industry and Innovation Steingrímur J. Sigfússon and his Faroese counterpart Johan Dahl signed an agreement in Helsinki yesterday to look into the feasability of exporting electricity via sea cable from Iceland to the Faroe Islands.

faroe-kvivik_ipa-hsThe Faroe Islands. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

The Faroe Islands is dependent on oil with almost every house on the islands heated with the fuel. The government wants to change that using wind power plus electricity, mostly produced by hydropower, from Iceland. The plan is for all electricity used on the 18 islands to be sustainable in the year 2050, mbl.is reports.

The total electricity production in the Faroe Islands in 2011 was 280 GWh. Iceland produces 62 times more electricity, or 17,150 GWh.

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