The UK has remained unshaken in the face of a threat by the EU to disconnect the UK’s European energy in the event of a no-deal Brexit as the National Grid and the government’s energy department blast the empty threat.
This comes as an EU source warned that Britain could lose “top-up in access to our electricity markets” unless it compromises with Brussels in ongoing trade talks over fisheries and state aid rules.
This is not the first as European officials close to the talks continues to threaten that Britain could lose energy supplies unless a deal is sealed before the UK leaving the bloc by the end of the transition period.
The UK National Grid has dumped the threat assuring there is more than enough energy capacity in the UK to cope with any loss of EU energy supply and electricity might put forward in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
“In the highly unlikely event of no interconnector flows between Great Britain and continental Europe we have the tools and capabilities to ensure the security of supply,” the department said.
According to the Telegraph report, the interconnectors from France, Belgium and Holland have provided 9 per cent of the UK’s electricity this year, but this is because European utilities are marginally cheaper than British sources.
The UK has 45 gas plants and four coal plants and can be paid £8.40 for a kilowatt of dispatchable power, which is kept in excess for emergencies. The report added there are 46.4 gigawatts of dispatchable capacity in the UK, which is just enough to cover a potential European shortfall.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy also said they have a safety margin of 4.8 gigawatts, which is roughly the same as supply capacity as the EU interconnections.
“We have one of the most reliable energy systems in the world. The UK’s exit from the EU will not alter the fact that our energy system is secure, and supplied from diverse sources,” They added.
“We don’t see why we should automatically give the UK this additional top-up in access to our electricity markets when they refuse to agree to level playing field commitments or give our fishermen access to fishing opportunities, worth a lot less economically,” the EU source close to the talks told The Telegraph.