Great Britain electricity interconnectors
Produced in partnership with Richard Goodfellow of Addleshaw Goddard

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Richard Goodfellow of Addleshaw Goddard provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Great Britain electricity interconnectors
  • Brexit impact
  • What are Interconnectors?
  • Traditional Interconnectors
  • Multi Purpose Interconnecters (MPIs)
  • Benefits of interconnectors
  • Energy security
  • Lowering prices for consumers and reducing price volatility
  • Encouraging renewable generation
  • Government policy on interconnectors
  • More...

Great Britain electricity interconnectors

Brexit impact

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it had entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. 11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

On 24 December 2020, the European Commission and UK government announced an agreement in principle on the legal terms of the future UK-EU relationship. Announced just one week before IP completion day, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), and associated agreements came at the eleventh hour, leaving little time to put in place the necessary legal and practical arrangements to make the deal fully operational. The deal was signed on 30 December 2020 and approved by the UK Parliament (along with implementing legislation). Due to the time pressure, the UK and EU agreed that the deal would apply provisionally from 1 January 2021, pending full ratification by the EU.

The provisional TCA and

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