05 Mar '12, 6pm

DECC makes good £case for clean #energy but still too reliant on carbon capture & nuclear. Solution = energy saving

Nothing generates column inches these days like discussion about the costs of our future energy mix. And rightly so. Our ageing fleet of power stations, our increasing reliance on imported fossil fuels and the need for us to reduce carbon emissions all add up to one thing: we need investment. At DECC we've developed an open-source, peer-reviewed online tool, the 2050 Calculator , to help us understand the uncertainties, to expose the trade offs and to make sure our policies today are not regretted decades hence. The calculator now includes costs and takes a whole-economy approach to assessing the varying plausible scenarios for keeping the lights on and meeting our statutory target of cutting emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. FURTHER READING Davey: New nuclear will learn from mistakes of the past Controversial renewable energy report branded 'shoddy nonsense' No one scenar...

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