Power station boss warns against reliance on electricity imports

Britain’s increasingly reliance on electricity imported from Europe threatens energy security and will import carbon emissions, according to the new boss of the country’s biggest power station.

Will Gardiner, chief executive of Drax Group, said that the growing proportion of power forecast to come from interconnectors – physical links to transfer electricity across borders – would also fail to deliver the aims of the government’s industrial strategy.

“The hot topic at the moment is what we do about interconnectors,” said Gardiner, who wants to build a vast new gas power and battery storage plant at the company’s North Yorkshire coal and biomass power station.

Published in The Guardian, 20th May, 2018