The RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) have united in a position against Sizewell C stating that the build must not go ahead. The two organisations also highlighted concerns about the timing of proceeding with this decision, amid a public health crisis, which is likely to impact public scrutiny of plans. The charities have not seen the evidence from EDF that Sizewell C can be built without detrimentally impacting internationally and nationally important landscapes, habitats and species of the Suffolk coast, at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, Sizewell Belts SSSI, and beyond.
Surfbirds 13th June 2020 read more »
On the 27th May 2020, EDF Energy submitted a planning application to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast. Upon completion and at full capacity the station could generate 3.2 Gigawatts (GW) of power, close to 10% of the UK’s grid requirements. EDF is already building a new Nuclear Power station in the UK – Hinkley Point C – and EDF proposes an almost identical design for Sizewell C. Nuclear power is controversial, but it shouldn’t be. Those who present it as a dirty, dangerous, and wasteful power source are not only wrong, but they actively harm attempts to decarbonise energy production and to reduce emissions. Our government should do everything it can to facilitate Sizewell C, and other new Nuclear sites – without them we have no hope of net zero by 2050, let alone sooner. Britain’s nuclear capacity sits just shy of 10 GW. On most days 15 nuclear reactors contribute somewhere between 15 and 20% of Britain’s grid power. But these power stations are aging, and by 2025 almost half of them will need to be decommissioned and retired. This presents a problem – where is the electricity going to come from when those generators go offline? Not wind-turbines or solar panels – these renewable energy sources are comparatively intermittent and unreliable. Increased energy storage capacity might be a solution in the long term, but Britain has in the pipeline only 1.5 GW of battery projects, 5.5% of daily energy demand – a long way from enough to mitigate the scale of this problem. No, in all likelihood the slack for lost nuclear power would be taken up by gas and coal fired stations, with the infrastructure to meet substantial shortfall at demand.
Oxford Blue 14th June 2020 read more »