Monday, 6 September 2010

Britain's energy challenge: meeting energy generation and carbon emission targets

Energy policy in the UK is at a crossroads, and the decisions made now will
reverberate for decades. At least 43 gigawatts of new electrical generation
capacity, equivalent to half of Britain's current total, will be needed by
2020, as all but one of its nuclear plants are retired and coal-fired power
stations closed to meet EU air pollution standards. A staggering £200bn of investment will be needed not only to maintain energy
security against price spikes as North Sea resources dwindle and energy
imports grow, but also to deliver the largest single contribution to a
low-carbon economy. Electricity output may need to double by 2020 as domestic heating, industry
and transportation electrify, but there are very different ideas as to how
this should be done, and the role of energy efficiency has been neglected.
And it's not only electricity that will be at a premium, the UK's overall
energy needs, including heating, transport and industrial processes are
increasingly satisfied through oil and
commercial gas imports.

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