EU Energy Policy

Ireland looks to France for security of supply

The proposed Celtic Interconnector could see Ireland import electricity from France, potentially reducing its reliance on gas The proposed Celtic Interconnector could see Ireland import electricity from France, potentially reducing its reliance on gas.
By Andreas Walstad 3 July 2017 0 26595
Wind turbines in Ireland. On windy days the country could export power to the rest of Europe. (PA)

Linking Ireland’s power market to that of France and the rest of the European continent could strengthen security of supply in Ireland after Brexit. 

The planned 700 MW interconnector between Ireland and France took a step closer to reality last week after the project received a €4.0 million ($4.6 million) grant from the European Commission for further studies. This takes the value of EU funds for the project to €7.9 million. 

Many will see the commission’s support as a timely move given the questions raised about...