Planning our electric future
Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity. UK Department of Energy & Climate change, July 2011, 239 p. ISBN: 9780101809924
With a quarter of the UK’s generating capacity shutting down over the next ten years as old coal and nuclear power stations close, more than £110bn in investment is needed to build the equivalent of 20 large power stations and upgrade the grid. In the longer term, by 2050, electricity demand is set to double, as we shift more transport and heating onto the electricity grid. Business as usual is therefore not an option. (© UK DECC)
Responding to these challenges, on 12 July 2011 the Government published ‘Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity’. The White Paper sets out key measures to attract investment, reduce the impact on consumer bills, and create a secure mix of electricity sources including gas, new nuclear, renewables, and carbon capture and storage… more on decc web site
-> à lire aussi : Return of the P-Word: the Government’s Electricity White Paper / Malcolm Keay. Oxford Energy comment, July 2011, 7 p.
The Government has published its White Paper on Electricity Market Reform, which reintroduces the concept of central planning for the UK energy system. Malcolm Keay examines the proposals and their implications for electricity markets in this country; this may not be the last word in market reform…