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Viking Link: Minister Graham Stuart says benefits may not be ‘directly’ shown in energy bills

The minister for net-zero has said the impact of the Viking Link, which connects the UK’s power grid to Denmark, may not be reflected “directly” in customer’s energy bills. Graham Stuart MP visited the Bicker Fen interconnector yesterday (Thursday, February 1) and said it was something “worth celebrating,” though its impact may not be immediately felt by residents facing energy bills.

The Viking Link, which was activated back in December, allows the UK and Denmark to effectively trade energy via a deepsea cable. When the UK is low on energy, it can call on its European partner for aid, while also selling any excess power to Denmark and the wider continent.

The minister, appointed to the role in 2022, said it would deliver system-wide benefits to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds. He said: “When there is plenty of green energy in Denmark, that means the price there is lower and it then comes down the interconnector to the UK and lowers prices here.

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“It’s not something you’ll directly be able to see on your bill, but it’s all part of our building a really coherent, joined-up energy system that is green, but is so at the lowest possible cost to consumers.” The Holderness MP added the link, the longest interconnector cable in the world, would make both countries “more resilient” and bolster the UK on its journey to achieving net-zero emissions.

He said: “We are building a sustainable, clean, affordable and resilient energy system for the future and we’re doing so by collaborating with our neighbours. It’s a benefit to both consumers in Denmark and in the UK.”




He added that the UK should be “proud” of its efficiency in going green, having been the first major world power to halve its emissions.

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