Letter Pete Roche: John Rea Price’s claim that the “community has lost faith in the integrity of EDF”, is shocking enough. (East Anglian Daily Times 3rd April 2020), but perhaps he should also examine the Government’s continued false assertions about the need to provide for increased electricity demand. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C were both planned in the 2005 Energy White Paper to deal specifically with a 15% rise in electricity demand by 2020. In reality electricity demand has decreased by 16% – so the forecasts were out by over 30%. Today’s electricity demand forecasts more realistically predict a further fall of 11% by 2025. An accelerated programme to replace all the lights in the UK with LEDs, for example, could cut peak electricity demand by about 8GW, a saving of another 15% of all power consumption – thus replacing existing nuclear power stations as they close down between now and 2035. So, in fact, we have been misled by the Government and there is absolutely no need to build Sizewell C.
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