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26 Jan 20211 minute read

Subsea cable to power 1m homes

ECAtoday
Subsea cable to power 1m homes

A new high-voltage subsea cable between England and France has begun importing energy – enough to power up to 1 million British homes.

Named the IFA2, the power cable is the second to link England and France and is expected to meet about 1.2% of Britain’s electricity demand and help to reduce the use of fossil fuels by importing electricity generated by France’s nuclear power plants.

In return, the UK will be able to sell any extra clean electricity from its growing fleet of offshore wind turbines, which is expected to quadruple in the next 10 years, according to the Guardian.

Jon Butterworth, the managing director of National Grid Ventures, described IFA2 as “the latest feat of world-class engineering helping to transform and decarbonise the electricity systems of Britain and its European neighbours.”