Lord Turner: The facts have changed on nuclear. The first chair of the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has backtracked on his support for new nuclear power, saying that he no longer thinks the UK needs it.
Utility Week 20th Sept 2021 read more »
Nuclear power could reliably provide great wads of zero-carbon energy. We’re told Hinkley Point C will be online in 2026, but there is still a risk that without more capacity, the UK will have to prolong its dependence on fossil fuels. This would exacerbate climate change and keep us exposed to the whims of authoritarian petrostates. Encouraging private investment in another nuclear power station might not help fix the current crisis, but it could help avert ones later down the line. Lizzy Roberts of Seahorse Environmental says NO to more power stations. We have a choice: a decentralised system reliant on renewables, storage and smart devices or one that needs heavy, centralised and probably more expensive baseload generation. Tech advancements mean we can balance out the peaks and troughs of energy excess and scarcity. By using intelligent storage and demand side response, we can change our energy use based on the availability of supply, particularly renewables. Consumers would benefit from contributing to the energy system by using these technologies. As we decarbonise, rather than rely on a handful of large baseload power plants we should build the markets and signals to reward consumers. Hinkley Point C’s project cost is now estimated at £22-£23 billion pounds. Analysis has suggested that decarbonising via renewables and storage, displacing carbon capture and low-carbon forms of generation, like nuclear, could save £6.9bn.
City AM 21st Sept 2021 read more »
Climate change: Nuclear power is a useful tool in the fight against global warming – Scotsman comment. 41 days to Cop26: A contentious issue in the fight against climate change is the role that could be played by nuclear power.
Scotsman 20th Sept 2021 read more »