New Nuclear Sites Confirmed
The government has confirmed the sites for eight new nuclear reactors.
And about time too. See Fuels & Power article Here
All the political dithering and posturing over the last ten years (yes ten) has seriously compromised our ability to produce the base load electricity we will so desperately need now.
All over the country old and obsolete plant is being forced into ever longer service because there is nothing to replace it.
Inevitably old plant is less safe than new plant. For exactly the same reasons that a new Ford Mondeo is massively safer than a 1960's Ford Prefect.
But because of the political dithering and toadying to narrow minded environmental bigotry, we now can ill afford to close any of the old plant whether it is coal, gas, oil or nuclear.
Inefficient as it may be, the 50-60 year old plant has to soldier on.
Why can we not close it down anyway?
Because without it, the country's electricity supply simply could not cope.
If ten years ago we had embarked on a steady and measured programme of renewing our nuclear stock and replacing old coal plants with Generation IV nuclear plant, today we would perhaps (like the French) have the lowest electricity prices in Europe, and also the lowest electricity generation CO2 emissions.
Along with that we would have no dirty coal plant and our dependancy on foreign gas would be diminished. As we currently have "in stock" about 60 - 80 years worth of nuclear fuel just sitting on the shelf, we would also be self sufficient in energy.
But it is no use crying over spilt milk.
What we need to do now is to get those in high office to understand the need for much more new Generation IV nuclear plant. France has 58 nuclear reactors with another 3 in various stages of build.
The French have shown that Nuclear works and is highly cost effective. Their huge success lays bare the lies and propaganda about "subsidised nuclear".
If nuclear is so "subsidised" how come the French (80 % nuclear) have the cheapest electricity in Europe?
How come in windmill ridden Denmark electricity bills are among the highest?
We don't just need eight new Generation IV reactors, we need to start with at least twice that number.
But that is just a start.
I suppose a confirmation about eight new reactors is better than yet more dithering.
But it is still a long way from what we really need.