The European Commission has awarded €75M (£59M) towards UK energy infrastructure schemes.
The Commission announced the support as part of a broader wave of investment in projects with cross-border energy security benefits.
UK projects to receive funding include the proposed NSN interconnector, a subsea cable linking to Norwegian hydropower.
These schemes could almost double the power the UK can receive through interconnectors with other markets.
Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “This is excellent news for the UK and Europe.
“The Commission’s decision to fast-track funding is a real boost to getting these projects built.”