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UK links up with Ireland as interconnector goes live

On the 21st September 2012 the East-West Interconnector linking the United Kingdom with Ireland went live. This high-voltage direct current submarine and subsoil power cable connects the British and Irish electricity markets and is the culmination of a project that was first proposed in the early 1970's. Further links are planned with Norway and Spain as well as Iceland, which has geothermal and hydroelectric surpluses. Ireland also has more interconnector projects in the planning phase as it seeks to take advantage of its ocean winds by building more turbines

Transmission networks in the UK, France and Germany

European networks are facing two potentially conflicting forces; the economic downturn has seen a retraction in network investment, heightened by the strong underlying prices for raw materials and a more volatile, disparate and diversifying generation mix