There’s a lot of talk of electricity, and the future thereof, at the moment. Consumption, decarbonisation, simply matching supply to demand – there’s plenty of hot sub-topics.

This has certainly been reflected here, with the Powering the Nation report that launched but a few days ago, and our blogger Richard endeavouring to make his look at electricity past, present and future that he started the other week into something of a series.

One of the things he touched on in his first piece is the increasing European integration of electricity. The origins of part of this vision are in Iceland, where the abundant supply of volcanic geothermal power makes the country an important player for countries beyond its own borders.

Our Government has just announced plans to explore plans for an epic sub-sea interconnector – basically a 1,800km power cable – between the two countries, among other energy link-ups. It’s almost as if the volcanoes are trying to make amends for the ash cloud/ airports debacle of two years ago.

So if you fancy a little more of an initial dip into Icelandic geothermal potential, this American video summary is a decent start.