"Overall, this should be of benefit to business and consumers," he said, adding that generators will be given more opportunities from European markets.
The move comes after a proposed shake-up of Britain's power industry by Ofgem, which described it as "failing" customers.
Secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne observed that the 1,000 MW connection would allow the UK to obtain cheap imports when demand is high, rather than the expensive practice of storing supplies in readiness.
He added that there are plans to have enough cables for ten GW of extra power by 2020.
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