Need for Interconnectors

The European energy market faces many challenges linked to the age of the existing infrastructure, environmental targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, and energy transition to a sustainable future. To meet these challenges, we require a significant move towards greater use of renewable energy supported by an improved transmission network capable of distributing energy and ensuring the security of supply.

GridLink’s objective is to be a part of this transformation by improving the capacity of French and UK networks to distribute electricity to consumers, especially renewable energy, and to ensure that electricity supply is secure in the event of production uncertainty linked to renewable sources, the availability of existing nuclear generation, problems with the transmission network or other reasons. As a result of improving the use of renewable energy, environmental benefits are realized by the reduction of fossil fuel generation and associated emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

The economic benefits of interconnectors include offering import and export trade between countries thereby providing commercial opportunities for energy producers to optimize their generating assets and utilize any spare capacity that cannot be used by the national grid. The additional capacity provided by interconnectors also mitigates potential changes in demand and supply that is dependent on the time of day, season, weather conditions, availability of renewable energy or unexpected failures of installed generation capacity or the transmission network.

Interconnectors also guarantee advantages for the national transmission networks by improving network stability, diversifying sources of generation, reducing network constraint costs and increasing renewable energy integration.

The need for electricity interconnectors and their economic and environmental benefits have been studied extensively on behalf of international organisations, the European Commission and national regulators.

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