Paul Homewood points up more holes in government thinking on energy.
By Paul Homewood
New DEFRA Secretary, Liz Truss, was given a bit of a mauling by Andrew Neil last week, but what drew my attention was her constant reference to expansion of nuclear power.
So, let’s see how that might work out.
Current capacity looks like this.
With peak demand running close to 60GW, consumption likely to rise during the next decade, and the need for a sensible reserve, we would certainly need at least 90GW of capacity by 2030.
Wind and solar cannot be included in any calculations of capacity, as they are intermittent, while all but 1GW of current nuclear at Sizewell B is due for closure well before 2030.
Assuming that the current level of gas capacity remains in place as standby, we would need 55GW of nuclear capacity, equivalent…
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