Few people realise that despite Brexit, the UK is embarking on a large expansion of its electricity interconnections with the European mainland. Is this a good idea, asks energy finance consultant Gerard Wynn? Wynn, who has just co-written a report on the Electricity Grid Transition in the UK, points out that the UK-France interconnector came under tremendous pressure last year, but in the end proved its usefulness. Potential additional supply via interconnectors is 49 TWh annually by 2025 (67 TWh in 2025 vs 18 TWh estimated in 2016), if all these interconnector projects proceed. That is equivalent to more than a third of UK gas generation in 2016. So it turns out that interconnection is a valid way to go, for Britain to solve that riddle, of a secure, affordable, low-carbon grid.
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