Green councillor Andrew Stringer says now is the time to choose if Suffolk will become the nuclear coast, or the renewable coast. “We are the first to understand climate change, and the last that can do something about it.” This quote is not from a protestor trying to change the world by non-violent direct action. These are the words of James Kelloway, the energy intelligence manager for the National Grid. And right now Suffolk needs all the energy intelligence we can get. We sit on the horns of a dilemma. We have significant energy production resources in and around our coast line. And, perfectly understandably these resources are trying to grow – not only to help meet the country’s energy needs but to face the challenge of moving towards a low carbon economy. Governments in the past have left us with a legacy of an unclear energy policy. Almost as if they were trying to ride two horses at the same time. This conflict is playing out in real time, right now on our Suffolk Coast. The choices we make now leave less and less room for error. We simply must deliver a low carbon future in less than a decade, while the focus on value for money has never been more crucial. If we are to continue with our current quality of life let alone leave a legacy that allows us to thrive. If that challenge wasn’t hard enough, this all plays out on a spectacular heritage coast.
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A specially-branded mobile library is set to begin its tour of part of Suffolk tomorrow, Monday, July 13 – to enable people to view the full plans for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power plant. EDF Energy has arranged for hard copies of the tens of thousands of pages of the 600-plus documents submitted with the Development Consent Order application for permision to build the twin reactor to be available for everyone who wants to see them. There has been concern some people who do not have internet access or cannot easily access the details because of the coronavirus pandemic could otherwise miss out on reading the papers and taking part in the consultation. The DCO application is now in the pre-examination phase in which people can access the documents and share their views with the Planning Inspectorate. This phase runs until September 30. It usually lasts 28 days, but has been extended for 12 weeks as the application is detailed and there are still some restrictions due to the pandemic crisis response.
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