Scrapping of nuclear plant should see UK renewables filling the void
- January 18, 2019
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The pulling out of Hitachi from the proposed Wylva nuclear power plant is a good thing for energy policy – not a serious blow as said in the article ( Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in
Nuclear – with its huge, inflexible output – is the equivalent of a giant boulder in the middle of a motorway. We, the energy customers of
Going down the nuclear route has been a wasted decade for
Professor of energy policy,
• Everyone knows that nuclear power creates lethal waste which hundreds of future generations will have to manage, and, despite the risk being very low, can lead to accidents (or terrorist attacks) with enormous impacts. But Hitachi’s abandonment of the new Wylfa nuclear power station is more evidence, as if any were needed, that nuclear power is also fundamentally uneconomic.
Renewable energy is already cheaper than all fossil fuels and new nuclear. And yet, £16bn spent on grid-level energy storage in the
• The withdrawal of Hitachi from the Anglesey nuclear power station project is another blow to the government’s energy policy. Obviously, the fact that solar and wind power are intermittent posits a need for a constant source to back it up. What is difficult to understand is why we can’t use tidal lagoons as the backup. The amounts of energy provided by tidal flows around
• What a good opportunity for the government to give the go-ahead to the environmentally friendly
• Energy supply is endlessly debated; less is said about demand. Building new homes to Passive House standards and retro-fitting existing buildings (all buildings) would reduce demand hugely. It would also offer local employment and skills training across all regions. Green Keynesian economics in action. Bring it on.
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