Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Subsea cable launch begins integration of energy markets

The first subsea electricity cable between Britain and the Netherlands opened last week, starting the integration of the UK and European energy markets.

The 260km BritNed interconnector, a joint venture by National Grid and its Dutch equivalent TenneT, began operating on 1 April, allowing up to 1GW of power to flow between the two countries.

This is the first step toward a system that could allow Britain to make the best use of its growing supply of intermittent renewable energy, as well as helping to stabilise wholesale energy prices.

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