We looked at the questions you wanted answered about interconnectors and asked our experts to bust the most common myths about these giant undersea electricity cables. Find out the truth about interconnectors and how they’re helping to provide cleaner, greener energy.
Interconnectors play a vital role in helping us to reach net zero. Fossil fuels deliver a reliable supply of energy, but they also produce harmful carbon emissions. Renewable energy is clean, but it is more intermittent – if the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow we can’t generate solar or wind power.
Interconnectors allow us, and our neighbours, to import clean energy when we need it, within a matter of minutes. They also allow us to export excess energy to our neighbours when they need it. This flexibility is critical to continue to deliver a reliable supply of energy, as we transition towards net zero and an energy system dominated by renewable power.
Interconnectors actually help to reduce energy costs, by giving the UK access to cheaper electricity from abroad. Hitting the UK government target for interconnectors would help save UK consumers up to £20 billion.
We’re keen to see the UK and European Union cooperate on energy, because that’s the best thing for both the UK and Europe. However, we’ve prepared and we’re ready for life outside of the EU. We’ve worked with our European partners to put contingency plans in place to make sure interconnectors are able to keep flowing, even in a no deal scenario.
Both the UK and EU have set interconnector targets, because they are recognised as the ideal technology to help the growth and integration of renewable energy. By importing power from mainland Europe, we estimate that our interconnectors will help the UK avoid more than 100 million tonnes of carbon emissions between now and 2030.