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The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future – despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables, in particular solar and wind power, compete with increasing success to fill the energy gap.
By Paul Brown
The Ecologist, 2nd August 2014
Rising renewables output makes promise to buy Hinkley Point electricity at twice its current price a costly gamble.
By Prof Tom Burke
The Guardian, 10th July 2014
With the Government wilfully undermining the UK’s small but fast-growing solar power sector for the second time, why the attacks on what is our second lowest cost source of renewable energy, and getting cheaper all the time?
By Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 8th July 2014
The prospect of the Chinese becoming owners, managers and even constructors of nuclear power stations in Britain has caused anxiety in some unexpected places. Both the right and the left, united in their determination to press ahead with more nuclear, have raised objections.
By Prof Tom Burke
Tom Burke's blog, 2nd July 2014
The UK Government is on course to undershoot the EU Renewables target by a large margin. The Government is committed to achieving production of 15 per cent of final energy from renewable energy (RE) by 2020.
By Dr David Toke
Dave Toke's green energy blog, 23rd June 2014
Westminster has failed to control rising electricity and gas prices. Between 1997 and 2013, UK households saw combined electricity and gas prices rise by 54% in real terms. In contrast, family income has fallen in real terms by approximately 7% over this period. Little wonder families are under financial pressure.
By Prof Peter Strachan & Prof Alex Russell
The Conversation, 10th June 2014
Could photosynthesis solve the world’s energy problems?
By Peter Forbes
The Guardian, 22nd May 2014
Opponents of nuclear power rightly focus on issues of cost, operational danger and waste disposal. But they should not forget the towering ‘elephant in the room’ – nuclear security and the risk of proliferation and terrorist attacks.
By Dr David Lowry
The Ecologist, 2nd May 2014
The twin goals of UK energy policy should be to ensure security of supply for households and businesses, and to ensure the electricity we use is affordable. Unfortunately, the current UK coalition government is failing on both fronts.
By Prof Peter Strachan
The Conversation, 16th April 2014