Jul 15, 2011
New nuclear power stations – The UK government is/has approved the building of 8 nuclear power stations in the UK at Hartlepool; Sellafield, Cumbria; Heysham, Lancashire; Wylfa, Isle of Anglesey; Sizewell, Suffolk; Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex; Oldbury, Gloucestershire and Hinkley Point in Somerset. Presumably, the'll produce a lot of gigawatts without contributing directly to CO2 emissions. So…why are we also still messing around with wind, wave and solar? Will the total additional capacity of those 8 nuclear generators (even when older stations close) far outstrip all demand without our having to pepper the countryside with windfarms and frighten the fish? Just curious. I've not done the sums, but I also wonder how we'd cope on cloudy, windless days when the tide is out…thoughts?