Energy secretary speaks on benefits of new Fareham power facility

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THE energy secretary has spoken of the ‘significant benefits’ which a new energy plant could bring, after being questioned on the issue by Fareham’s MP.

MP Suella Fernandes raised the issue of the proposed IFA2 interconnector station – which if approved would be sited at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent and be connected to the existing substation in Chilling in Warsash – during questions in the House of Commons yesterday.

The interconnector would convert energy brought in from Europe via more than 100 miles of subsea cables.

Miss Fernandes asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd about the contribution the centre would have in terms of affordability and sustainability of energy supply.

Ms Rudd said: ‘Interconnection can bring important, significant benefits to consumers by enabling access to cheaper electricity overseas, lowering household bills and supporting security of supply.

‘The IFA2 project, along with others involving France, Norway, Belgium, Denmark and Ireland, is progressing through Ofgem’s regulatory regime, which is designed to bring forward interconnector investment in the consumer interest.’

The interconnector is being proposed by the National Grid and would be linked to Caen in Normandy. National Grid will hold a series of consultation events in December and February about its plans. Miss Fernandes encouraged people to have their say.