National Grid starts 149 mile undersea cable: The National Grid has launched a brand-new under sea power cable to France which has the potential to power 1 million homes with renewable energy.

Running adjacent to the sea bed between Portsmouth, Hampshire UK and near Caen, Normandy, the 149 mile length of power cable will eventually share surplus clean energy between the two countries – electricity is now being run through the cable for testing ahead of going live.

The IFA2 interconnector, enough to power to the extent of 1 million homes with renewable energy, is expected to deliver 1.2% of Britain’s electricity demands.

Towards the end of it’s first year in operation, IFA2 is expected to avoid 1.2 million tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is equal to planting 50 million trees.

“While the world is focused on the pandemic and managing the knock-on effects on our lives, we know that progress towards net zero can’t afford to falter and Britain needs to keep up the momentum in reducing harmful carbon emissions.” stated Jon Butterworth, CEO of National Grid Ventures.

The Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, explained: “Recent government commitments to the development of our offshore wind infrastructure show how the UK is a world leader in low carbon energy generation and the IFA2 will allow us to share those benefits with our friends and neighbours in France.”

National Grid’s three current interconnectors power the equivalent of 5 million homes that have zero-carbon energy.

By 2024, this is forecast to increase to 8 million homes a year, as three more interconnectors are completed, avoiding a total of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, which is comparable to removing two million cars off the road.

National Grid starts 149 mile undersea cable

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