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British reliance on French electricity increases by more than quarter

June 17, 2018

By Paul Homewood


h/t Green Sand


The UK’s reliance on importing French power to keep the lights on has increased by almost a quarter this year in further evidence of Britain’s energy cost crunch.

Energy prices in Britain are now around a fifth higher than they were this time last year on the wholesale market.

Meanwhile, across the Channel, nuclear power plants have flooded France with cheap electricity which is being sold at a tidy profit to struggling British suppliers.

“French nuclear plants have been far more reliable this year to date than last year,” said Jamie Stewart, the ICIS Energy analyst, “which has kept a firm lid on French power prices.”

The stark fundamental differences between the UK and its biggest electricity trade partner have nudged British imports, via twin high-voltage sub-sea cables, to a total of 6.4 terawatt hours so far this year. Last year Britain imported less than 5TWh over the same period. Energy brokers at Marex Spectron told The Sunday Telegraph that the “anomalously strong” imports from France are closer in line with Britain’s winter appetite for foreign energy than typical summer trends. The trend has also re-energised industry debate over Britain’s energy trading future once it leaves the EU next year.


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  1. bob permalink
    June 17, 2018 12:52 pm

    Best we import more cheap Russian gas. Oops, our idiot govt is antagonising the Russians, What a clever strategy. How about the UK releases the Skripals from their imprisonment following MI5’s farcical poisoning scam. Note the total censorship of media reporting on the issue; only Govt propaganda allowed. Where are the interviews with people involved? Censored by UK secret police state. Where was the reporting on political prisoner Tommy Robinson? Censored by UK police state D notice. Orwell predicted modern Britain – just got the date wrong!

    • June 17, 2018 2:47 pm

      You are an idiot if you believe what you said about the poisoning. There were plenty of interviews with ordinary folk about it. I have no truck with conspiracy nuts like you. Make sure you get the latest tinfoil hat update.

      • John F. Hultquist permalink
        June 17, 2018 3:37 pm

        Bob should have stopped after the first 7 words.
        Then he should have had a drink or two and gone to bed.

      • bobn permalink
        June 17, 2018 6:11 pm

        Ha ha. David and John you obviously are still looking for Sadams WMD – only conpiracy nuts think the Govt (and MI5+6) lied. The govt has invented a conspiracy theory and you lap it up. After all the Govt is always right and honest, like on global warming. You must be on drugs if you think the establishment and their media mouthpieces never lie.

      • John F. Hultquist permalink
        June 17, 2018 11:19 pm

        bobn @ 6:11
        You lost me at ‘obviously’ and likewise most of your first comment, none of which seems to have anything to do with British reliance on French electrons.
        Do hope someone keeps the lights on for you.

    • June 17, 2018 6:13 pm

      Correct. The Skripal “poisoning” by Russia was a complete hoax that the Brits have quietly walked away from. If military grade toxins were deployed (somehow) by Russia, the Skripals would have long since been dead.

  2. NeilC permalink
    June 17, 2018 2:39 pm

    The stupidity of our energy policy is boyond belief. We should be fracking big style for our energy security and inexpensive value.

    But oh no the greens run this country.

    • June 17, 2018 2:51 pm

      Yep and it’s all about virtue signalling with them and not the effectiveness of their favoured energy choices in their war against CO2. Anyone with half a brain who really thought CO2 was about to destroy the world would go hell bent for gas short term and nuclear medium term. They’re off their heads.

    • June 17, 2018 6:14 pm

      Yet Macron has vowed to emulate the Germans and phase out nuclear power.

  3. June 17, 2018 3:05 pm

    We will be in big trouble soon in winter when the French stop exports, when there is a big high pressure area sitting over the UK with low temperatures and when gas storage runs out. Prices will rocket and rolling blackouts will become the norm.

    • Bitter@twisted permalink
      June 17, 2018 5:30 pm

      I do hope so.
      Blackouts are perhaps the only thing that will knock some sense into our imbecilic Government.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        June 18, 2018 12:54 pm

        I agree. We seem to have government by crisis where nothing happens until one occurs. Often followed by government action that makes things worse.

  4. Ben Vorlich permalink
    June 17, 2018 3:49 pm

    I think it’s the case that Macron is following the lead of Hollande and plans to replace nuclear with renewable, ie wind. In which case more countries than the UK will be in trouble.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    June 17, 2018 3:55 pm

    And please stop burning North American trees.
    And don’t call it “chopping” down trees.: Modern forest harvesting

  6. June 17, 2018 4:23 pm

    “further evidence of Britain’s energy COST crunch”

    How typical of the MSM to not cast a scintilla of doubt on renewables. The word COST should have been CAPACITY.

    MSM reporting reads like press releases from Renewables UK.

  7. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 17, 2018 8:10 pm

    IIRC there are plans to increase French interconnector capacity from the present 2GW to 8.8GW. The really frightening thing is that interconnectors operate in both directions, so we could find ourselves being asked to supply that amount in a bidding war for who gets the blackouts when supply is tight because the wind isn’t blowing over Europe during a winter cold spell.

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