Daily News Roundup, 25 August 2019
Council bosses have raised concerns over government plans to fund large-scale nuclear projects through residents’ electricity bills. The funding model proposed last month would let energy companies charge consumers a set amount, to be spent on future infrastructure provision. The government said it was “essential” to attract private finance. But councillors in Copeland, Cumbria, are worried residents could have to pay for plants that may never be built. The chairman of the council’s strategic nuclear and energy board, Steven Morgan, … read more »
Government analysis suggests we might need up to 40GW of firm power – nuclear or power plants with carbon capture and storage by 2050. On the other hand a growing number of studies suggest that with flexibility and ever cheaper renewables it is perfectly possible to run our energy system on 100% renewables.
I was quoted in the Herald this morning (5th June) warning that a nuclear accident on the scale of Chernobyl is not impossible in the UK.
The Herald pointed out that I had recently warned Hunterston could cause a Chernobyl after The Ferret’s investigative journalism team, revealed operator EDF had found 350 graphite cracks in Reactor 3 (It’s now up to 370). I told the newspaper “That we don’t have this kind of reactor in the UK was … read more »