Complications for power imports with no-deal Brexit

If the UK leaves the EU without an exit agreement, European energy law will no longer apply

UK seeks views on performance of Capacity Market

The scheme provides payments to generators for making capacity available or reducing demand when required to do so

UK Government considering leaving EU internal energy market

It, however, seeks to ensure trade over interconnectors is maintained after Brexit

EU invests €309m in two gas interconnection projects

They are aimed at addressing the energy challenges facing the Eastern Baltic Sea Region and the Central-Eastern Europe

Defence secretary warns Russia is ready to attack UK’s energy infrastructure

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned Russia could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths” through attacks on the UK’s energy infrastructure. The MP for South Staffordshire has accused Moscow of spying on Britain’s gas and electricity supplies, which if cut, could create “panic” and “chaos” for millions of people. Mr Williamson referred […]

National Grid: UK has enough power to meet demand this winter

National Grid has increased its forecast for the surplus power margin to 10.3% for this winter. That’s a rise from 5.7% from last winter, according to the grid operator’s Winter Outlook Report for 2017/18. It expects there to be sufficient generation and interconnector imports to meet demand throughout this winter. The peak transmission demand is […]

Gas accounted for 45% of production over winter

Gas-fired generation increased significantly over the winter, accounting for 45% of total production. With gas more economical to run, coal generation fell from 20% last winter to 12% in 2016/17, according to National Grid. Demand across the winter was 50.3bcm, higher than forecast due to increased generation, while it peaked at 372.2mcm on 26th January. […]

Interconnecting EU ‘could save €40bn a year on energy bills’

Interconnecting the power grids in the European Union could lead to savings worth up to €40 billion (£29bn) a year for consumers by 2030. That’s according to MEPs who believe fully integrating the EU electricity market could help reduce bills by at least €2/MWh (£1.45/MWh). However, countries in the EU will have to invest around […]

Ofgem confirms new opportunity for interconnector cash

Ofgem has decided to provide another opportunity for interconnector developers to get their plans included in its scheme that guarantees them a set level of payment for electricity. It is the second opportunity window under the regulator’s “cap and floor scheme” and will be open from 31st March to 31st October next year. It follows […]

Ofgem consults on approving three interconnectors

Ofgem is proposing approving three new electricity interconnectors that would link the UK with other nations. Two of the power links – FAB Link and IFA2 – would connect Britain’s electricity system with France and one – Viking Link – with Denmark, providing 3.4GW of extra capacity. The regulator is consulting on its proposals until […]