The government has said it supports a 9GW increase in the UK’s interconnector capacity, as it published its full response to the Smart Power report released by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) at the beginning of March. The report said “more connections to cheap, green power supplies, such as Norway and Iceland, could bring great benefits to the UK” and called on the government to “redouble its efforts to open new connections”. There are currently four interconnectors between the UK and the rest of Europe, providing around 4GW of capacity. Having previously backed a 5GW increase in interconnector capacity, the government has now said 9GW would be “beneficial to consumers” given the evidence put forward by both the NIC and Ofgem. It added that it may even back further additional capacity “as more potential projects are assessed later this year”.
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