Lib Dems Urge Nuclear Energy Rethink as Cost of Wind Power Halves


Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable is urging the government to rethink its policy of building new nuclear power plants as the cost of wind power schemes plummets. (The Guardian, 11/9/17.)

 A wind turbine

 

New wind power schemes at Hornsea 2 and Moray are expected to produce power for around half the price of the UK's latest nuclear power station scheme,  Hinckley C in Somerset. Wind technology is now seen as less risky by investors than it was five years ago, bringing down costs. Wind power schemes can now also be delivered much more quickly, bringing online equivalent power generation capacity as Hinckley C in a much shorter timeframe.

Liberal Democrat energy policy includes working to double green electricity generation to 60% by 2030, and to pass a Zero Carbon Britain act setting a legally binding target to reduce the country's net emissions to zero by 2050. You can read more about the Lib Dem's energy policies here. 


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