Subsea cable launch begins integration of energy markets

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The first subsea electricity cable between Britain and the Netherlands opened last week, starting the integration of the UK and European energy markets.

The 260km BritNed interconnector, a joint venture by National Grid and its Dutch equivalent TenneT, began operating on 1 April, allowing up to 1GW of power to flow between the two countries.

This is the first step toward a system that could allow Britain to make the best use of its growing supply of intermittent renewable energy, as well as helping to stabilise wholesale energy prices.

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