National Grid is investigating whether a boat’s anchor is to blame for knocking out half the capacity from a crucial power link beneath the English Channel — threatening further increases to electricity prices in the UK this winter. Four of eight cables running along the seabed between Folkestone and Calais were damaged during Storm Angus — the first named storm of the season — earlier this month. National Grid, the UK’s electricity system operator, said on Tuesday that the interconnector, which gives the UK access to French power and vice versa, would operate at half its 2 gigawatt capacity until the end of February.
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Europe will be able to meet higher-than-normal electricity demand this winter even if nuclear safety checks tighten France’s power supply further, the ENTSO-E European power grid lobby said on Tuesday. France faces its lowest level of nuclear power availability in 10 years, five gigawatts (GW) below last winter’s levels, because several reactors have been taken offline for safety checks that will see some not return to operation until the end of the year.
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