Tony Lodge: If Britain doesn’t build new power stations now, the lights will go out. Here’s why. UNTIL recently, British power stations could supply all of the electricity the nation needed. A mixed portfolio of coal, gas, nuclear, oil and renewable plants kept the lights on and allowed for a mixed and balanced choice of fuels to generate power. But chronic failures over a generation to get new ones built – as old ones closed – now means Britain is importing more and more electricity from Europe with plans to import up to a fifth of supplies by 2025. This is bad policy. Britain’s electricity market is now increasingly slanted in favour of importing electricity and against securing investment in new power plants at home. Billions of pounds of energy plant investment are consequently at risk which will undermine future security of supply and risk price rises. Policy needs to change and energy security must become a top priority as we prepare to leave the EU.
Yorkshire Post 6th Jan 2018 read more »