Licensing of Electricity Interconnectors
Licensing of Electricity Interconnectors

The following Energy guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Licensing of Electricity Interconnectors
  • Brexit impact
  • The physical infrastructure of the GB electricity market
  • The requirement for an interconnector licence
  • Exemption from the requirement for an interconnector licence
  • Power to grant interconnector licences and make Application Regulations
  • Procedure for interconnector licence applications under the Application Regulations
  • Assessment criteria for interconnector licence applications
  • Procedure for refusing or granting an interconnector licence
  • Conditions of interconnector licences
  • more

Brexit impact

This Practice Note contains information on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 11pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). As of exit day, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. For further reading, see: Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect the EU Internal Energy Market and/or Great Britain’s (GB’s) international electricity and gas interconnectors and trade, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—the EU Internal Energy Market and international electricity and gas interconnection regulation and trade, which details the key publications and announcements made to date which are specific to Brexit and the EU Internal Energy Market and/or Brexit and Great Britain’s international electricity and gas interconnectors and trade. It also provides a brief analysis of the consequences of these publications and announcements, and the position to date. 

The physical infrastructure of the GB electricity market

In broad terms, the physical infrastructure of the Great Britain (GB) electricity market can be divided up as follows:

  1. generators—these installations produce the electricity. They are connected to what is colloquially referred to as ‘the grid’, so that they can ‘export’ electricity