Government in the UK has approvedÂ plans for eight sites where nuclear power plants will be operational by 2025. Â The approval puts the UK in the position of being a leader in the area of nuclear renewable energy.
According to guardian.co.uk, the backing for a new generation of nuclear power stations marks a significant political compromise by the climate and energy secretary, Chris Huhn e, after the Liberal Democrats had campaigned against new nuclear in the general election. The Conservatives, however, had backed new nuclear power stations.
Today’s announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change will see nuclear power plants operating at eight sites within the next decade: Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk and Wylfa, Anglesey. All are in the vicinity of existing nuclear power plants.
Huhne said: “I’m fed up with the stand-off between advocates of renewables and of nuclear which means we have neither. We urgently need investment in new and diverse energy sources to power the UK.”
The coalition has stressed that new reactors will have to be built without public money. Earlier this year, energy minister Charles Hendry told a nuclear industry audience: “The coalition agreement clearly sees a role for new nuclear, provided that there is no public subsidy. We are clear. It is for private sector energy companies to construct, operate and decommission new nuclear plants. It will be for us to ensure the appropriate levels of safety, security and environmental regulation.”
The coalition’s revised draft national policy statements on energy published today show that half the new energy capacity built in the UK by 2025 is expected to come from renewable sources of energy â€“ the majority of which is likely to be wind.
There is the question of what to do with the radioactive waste produced by these plants.Â While some say underground holding areas will be sufficient, it concerns many other a great deal.
Some are worried they will be exposed to toxic levels of the radioactive waste. Â It’s just not natural to glowÂ in the dark. Â On the bright side, night lights could be phased out completely – thereby saving even MORE energy.