‘Relying on large-scale nuclear for base supply is risky’:  Depending on large-scale nuclear for base supply is a bit risky.

That is the suggestion of Marie Claire Brisbois, Lecturer in Energy Policy at the University of Sussex Business School, who spoke about the obstacles that await the Prime Minister’s new goal to source all of Britain’s energy from renewable sources by 2035.

“Now the UK does get quite a lot of its power generation from renewable sources, but the amount that we need to completely decarbonise electricity is quite significant. We are also expected to see much more electricity demand as we switch to electric vehicles and as we switch from gas boilers to heat pumps, so demand for electricity is going up.”

“What the Prime Minister has said is that he is going to depend on sort of large-scale renewable projects and nuclear to supply base supply.”

“That’s a bit problematic. Nuclear is not particularly good at what we could call peaking. So scaling up or scaling down to make up for problems with intermittency with renewables. So, that’s a question of how that would work. It’s also fairly expensive, one of the most expensive types of generation. So financing that would be problematic.”

Ms Brisbois believes that the new all-green grid aim has several dynamics, but one of the things she missed in the Prime Minister’s message was the emphasis on the issue of electricity demand.

‘Relying on large-scale nuclear for base supply is risky’:

 

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