Electricity Interconnectors

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential to increase exports and imports of electricity through new and existing interconnectors; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, 4.4 gigawatts of new interconnector capacity is currently under construction, and regulatory assessments indicate the potential for at least 9.5 gigawatts more.

Import and export flows on interconnectors are determined by prices in the connected markets. Power should flow from the lower priced market to the higher priced market. This determines the levels of exports and imports on existing interconnectors.

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