Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the East of England Catherine Rowett has renewed her call for the Sizewell C nuclear project to be cancelled as a major new report labelled the project “implausible”. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 is the authoritative report on the status of nuclear power plants worldwide. It estimates that the cost of new nuclear power has increased by 23% over the last decade, while the costs of solar and wind have fallen by 88% and 69% respectively. Renewables now outcompete nuclear on the basis of price, carbon-reduction, and speed, and the report concludes that nuclear power “meets no technical or operational need that [renewables] cannot meet better, cheaper, and faster.” Indeed, the report condemns nuclear’s role at a time when there is an urgent need for clean energy to deal with the climate crisis. It states that the “nuclear industry has become one of the most potent obstacles to renewables’ further progress by diverting demand and capital to itself”. Even existing nuclear power plants are now outcompeted, economically, by new renewables.
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