Increasing renewable energy capacity would provide an insurance policy against a possible ‘nuclear gap’ in the UK’s low-carbon power pipeline caused by early closure of ageing reactors, according to a new report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. The report – ‘Cracks in the System’ – examines the effects of the UK’s existing nuclear power stations closing earlier than government expects. It concluded that expanding renewable energy capacity would fill the gap more cheaply than expanding gas generation. Expansion could either be through increasing the development of offshore wind or via a combination of on- and offshore wind and solar, the report said. Accelerating renewables rollout in this way alongside enhanced power system flexibility such as storage would be a ‘no-regrets’ option,” ECIU said.
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