Interconnector with Iceland could ease energy shortfall

While government is reluctant to rely totally on imported energy, connecting the UK power system to nearby countries, even as far afield as Iceland, could make economic sense

Paul Glendinning
Interconnectors provide access to European energy that is currently cheaper than the UK can generate – Paul Glendinning, WSP

It might sound ambitious, but having an interconnector – a high-voltage, direct current (DC) undersea cable – between the UK and Iceland is technically possible and economically desirable. Indeed, other interconnectors are already proving their worth. With coal-fired power stations closing and new nuclear stations still on the drawing board, the UK faces an energy shortfall that interconnectors can meet relatively quickly. They also offer a contingency, with developers interested in opportunities for arbitrage – being paid to alleviate daily and seasonal peaks in demand – through interconnectors.

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