An energy scientist has slammed plans for Suffolk’s Sizewell C nuclear power station, claiming nuclear power has become “outdated by technology”. University of East Anglia professor in energy and climate change Charlie Wilson told the BBC that there is no longer a good case for the new £20bn power plant on the Suffolk coast. Wilson said that offshore wind can produce power more quickly and cheaply, and new ways to store wind turbine energy mean supplies could be maintained even in low winds. “The view in the 1970s-1990s was that you needed this large firm baseload power generation like nuclear,” he said. “The game-changing technologies around storage and flexibility mean intermittent renewables – like large offshore wind farms – are now viable as a reliable generation source. “We’ve seen in recent years phenomenal improvements in battery technologies which are now being deployed throughout the electricity system.
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The UK government is closing in on a deal that could remove China General Nuclear (CGN), the state-owned nuclear energy company, from the planned Sizewell C power station in Suffolk, according to a report in The Guardian. Plans for Sizewell C, which would sit beside Sizewell B, have been under way for more than a decade. The £20bn Sizewell C station, which is planned as a “near replica” of Hinkley Point C in Somerset, would generate 3.2GW of power and together the two stations would provide an estimated 13 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs. While Hinkley C is being constructed, Sizewell C remains in the planning and development stage and faces opposition from local campaigners. Sizewell C is being developed by EDF, which is majority-owned by the French government. CGN has a 20 per cent stake in the civil nuclear project, and has also thrown considerable investment behind Hinkley C. The US government has been applying pressure on its ally to blacklist CGN from its major infrastructure projects, citing national security concerns that CGN rejects. Now, amid fresh geopolitical tensions, ministers are in discussions to end CGN’s involvement and instead take a significant public stake in the project. According to The Guardian, plans under discussion include the government taking a stake in a development company that would push Sizewell C through planning and development with EDF, replacing CGN as its partner. EDF’s board is expected to hold a meeting in early November, to discuss pushing the project forward. Reports say EDF is wary about pumping tens or hundreds of millions of euros into the enormous project without a firm commitment from the UK government.
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