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The UK gets about 6% (??) of its annual electricity from continental interconnectors - 2GW to France, 1GW to Netherlands, 1GW to Belgium 0.5GW to Ireland (which can be export from UK rather than importing Irish surplus).

Other interconnectors are planned to export / import surplus wind power.

Peak demand is 16:00 to 18:30 in mid January, when, if a high pressure system covers EU/UK, it is cold, there is no wind power and no solar power.

If UK leaves in acrimony, it will be interesting to see how the EU reacts to our "membership" of the single EU Electricity / Energy markets in mid January 2020 and whether there is still surplus to keep UK lights on.

But such a move would create problems for the single energy market in Ireland.

by oldremainmer48 on Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 05:57:38 PM EST
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IE is getting/has a direct French interconnection.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 06:42:53 PM EST
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Learned about it while reading @BorderIrish:

by Bernard on Sun Jun 16th, 2019 at 08:14:56 PM EST
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Yes, "Will be getting".

From Wikipedia -

The cable is expected to be operational by 2025
by oldremainmer48 on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 08:13:40 AM EST
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My mistake / bad memory. 1GW to/from France.
by oldremainmer48 on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 01:31:07 PM EST
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You have learned from this error. That is a good thing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2019 at 01:54:25 PM EST
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