Delays to a £1 billion subsea cable to bring surplus Scottish wind energy to England and Wales will cost consumers at least £70 million because they will have to pay for turbines to be switched off until it is finished. National Grid and Scottish Power, the companies behind the new Western Link or “Bootstrap”, face financial penalties from Ofgem for late delivery of the connection, which has been affected by problems making the high-voltage cabling. The new power link runs from Hunterston in Ayrshire to the Wirral, a subsea route of about 239 miles, then underground for 20 miles to Deeside, over the Welsh border in Flintshire. It is designed to enable the export of surplus electricity from Scotland, which has built so many wind farms that it often generates more power than is needed by Scottish consumers.
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