Jessica Stegrud MEP: The proposals set forward by the European Commission on the creation of a ‘European Green Deal’ – a copy of the proposals set forward by a group of far-left members of the US Congress – is missing a very important piece of the energy puzzle – nuclear energy. Throughout the entire set of proposals very little attention is paid to perhaps one of the most efficient sources of energy in the modern energy mix. Nuclear energy is by far the most efficient and clean of all those available to us in Europe. Nuclear operates at an average capacity factor of 91% which beats other forms of energy by a substantial margin. Natural gas produces an average of 50% while coal produces energy at almost 59%. Wind power operates with a low 32% efficiency. The next closest to nuclear is geothermal energy which as it currently stands is only produced on a large scale in Italy, Turkey and, of course, Iceland.
New Europe 15th May 2020 read more »