Academics tell Labour that their renewable energy plans don’t leave any room for nuclear power. Published below is a memorandum from the ‘Red Lion Group’ of 12 academics, to the Labour Party Shadow Energy Secretary, which sets out how Labour’s plans for renewable energy do not leave any room for any new nuclear power (not even Hinkley C). This means that Labour’s plans to give many £billions of state support for new nuclear power will merely replace cheaper renewable energy. The analysis was based on projections for energy demand used by the Committee on Climate Change. Review of the CCC’s projections of energy supply and demand. Letter to Shadow Energy Secretary from 12 academics and policy analysts.
Dave Toke’s Blog 24th May 2019 read more »
Bill Gates: This is what we need to do to tackle climate change. Wind and solar power generation is expanding around the globe at record rates, allowing more people to get their electricity from clean, renewable sources than ever before. This is great news. And here’s better news: We can do even more. By investing in energy innovations, we can build on the progress we’ve made deploying current technology like renewables, which will help accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to a future of reliable and affordable carbon-free electricity. We must solve two challenges. The first challenge will come as no surprise. We need to do more to harness the power of the sun and wind. And thanks to falling prices for solar panels, wind turbines, and other technologies, deploying renewable energy systems is more affordable than ever before. The second challenge is probably less obvious and more difficult. We need big breakthroughs in technologies that will allow us to supply the power grid with clean energy even during windless days, cloudy weather, and nighttime. Usually, you back up renewable sources with fossil fuels like natural gas that can quickly and reliably provide power when it’s needed. To reach zero carbon emissions, however, we need to find a way to use more clean energy sources as a backstop. Three key solutions are Improved energy storage systems; Carbon capture and storage and cheaper nuclear; High-voltage, long-distance transmission lines.
World Economic Forum 21st May 2019 read more »
Almost two-thirds (60%) of the UK public believe that the chief executives of corporations should be leading the national fight against climate change, a new survey has found. Conducted by consultancy Kin&Co earlier this month, the survey quizzed two groups of 1,203 and 2,084 adults respectively on their attitudes to sustainable business and climate action. Across these two groups, 69% agreed that climate change is now an “urgent issue” for large brands, rather than something likely to affect them in the distant future. Indeed, 59% said they would like to see their favourite brands declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, as the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments did earlier this month.
Edie 23rd May 2019 read more »