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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Low-cost UK power line switches on

A NEW power line designed to lower electricity prices will finally begin operations.

Despite being officially opened by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in September, the €570m electricity interconnector between Britain and Ireland had not been switched on because it was interfering with phone lines.

Householders in north Dublin had complained the surge of power through underground cables caused interference on landline calls. The 260km cable that runs between Meath and Wales under the Irish Sea allows electricity to be imported and exported between Ireland and the UK.

Electricity suppliers such as the ESB or Bord Gais were due to begin importing power from October 1, but trading will begin today, a spokesman said.

Irish Independent

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