20,000MW under the sea (Podcast)

Subsea interconnectors are a very discreet sector, it entails decade-long developments…but are developing fast and have become critical to increasing renewables penetration and enhancing energy security. They were originally developed around the North Sea and the Baltic Sea by TSO (Transmission System Operators) but have now caught the interest of large private infrastructure investors. Those…

Power struggle with Europe as UK grid battles to keep the lights on

Britain’s power grid has repeatedly fallen below its targeted frequency level this year, raising fears that it is struggling to cope with intermittent energy supplies. It comes amid rising international energy costs and a recent drop in wind power due to particularly still weather. Earlier this week the UK was forced to bring a coal-fired power plant…

Interconnectors, European Electricity and Brexit

The recently powered-up IFA-2 is the product of a £700 million shared investment between the National Grid and the French power firm Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE).  IFA-2 physically connects the UK and France’s electricity systems, giving Britain access to France’s nuclear and renewable energy and vice versa. With a 1 gigawatt (GW) capacity and as the UK’s sixth operational…

De-rating data shows British reliance on power interconnectors

• Nameplate capacity set to increase by 18.2GW over the coming decade • De-rated capacity is expected to begin declining in 2023 • Gap to be plugged by expansion of interconnector capacity LONDON (ICIS)–Ambitious renewable capacity targets underpin the UK’s goal to net zero carbon emissions, which is expected to drive the growth of renewable…

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