Australia’s official economic forecaster has finally admitted nuclear energy will likely play no role in a decarbonised grid based around lowest costs.
All British coal power plants will be taken offline by 2025, but the 28% power gap they leave behind will mostly be filled by gas and nuclear.
New cost analysis from US investment bank Lazard show wind and solar generation far cheaper than conventional technologies such as coal, gas and nuclear, and delivering much cheaper carbon abatement.
Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, believes the idea of using large coal-fired or nuclear power stations for baseload power is outdated.
UK Government’s pursuit of new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point C not just a colossal waste of money, but could also be real danger to national security.
Australia’s new chief scientist is a big fan of renewable energy, drives a Nissan Leaf electric car, and supports nuclear. But he also says Australia can “do it” with wind, solar and storage.
For anyone who cares about democracy – whatever their views on nuclear power or nuclear weapons – now is the moment to ask some searching questions about what nuclear policy is doing to British politics.
The Tory government in the UK has signed a deal to build the world’s most expensive power plant, which even nuclear boosters say could be a massive white elephant. At the same time, it is winding back subsidies for wind and solar. Many in Australia wish to do the same thing.
A recent survey conducted among the German public finds continuing support for the Energiewende.