31 Jan '16, 7pm

Closure of UK coal and nuclear plants to create electricity supply gap of up to 55% by 2025 according to report

The Engineering the UK Electricity Gap report says plans to fill the gap by building Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plants are unrealistic, as the UK would need to build approximately 30 new CCGT plants in less than 10 years. According to the report, the UK has built just four CCGTs in the last 10 years. Additionally, in 2005 twenty nuclear sites were listed for decommissioning, which the Institution of Mechanical Engineers states has left a significant gap to be filled. According to their report, the country has neither the resources nor enough people with the right skills to build this number of power stations in time. The report also highlights that a greater reliance on interconnectors to import electricity from Europe and Scandinavia is likely to lead to higher electricity costs and less energy security. Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment at the Inst...

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