The Sun newspaper recently ran an article claiming that ‘Britain will face power cuts unless the government steps up plans to build more nuclear energy plants’, a view reflected in a parallel Daily Mirror article which talked of fears over ‘energy shortage and lights going out’. This was in response to fact that the Conservative government has been unable to get private sector financial support for some of the new nuclear projects it wanted to see built, despite being able to tap consumers bills for some of the large extra cost. Labour said it could do better – in effect by using taxpayers money to partly fund new nuclear. What seems to have escaped them both is that electricity use has fallen significantly in the UK in recent years- so we don’t need costly new nuclear plants. UK electricity use is now back to 1994 levels, around 15% down, in part due to the success of energy saving programmes and despite 18% economic growth over the period.
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