Friday, June 24, 2011

Brits Say No to No Nukes: Build 8 More

The Germans and Swiss ditched even existing nuclear power plants in reaction to Fukushima, but the British will build 8 new nuclear plants by the end of this decade.

The British 8 new nuclear plants will not make up for the 7 German plants already retired right after Fukushima and 10 more that will be closed by 2021 or the Swiss plants that will be retired.  Yet, the British decision indicates that new nuclear plants are not dead on arrival post Fukushima even in Europe.

Britain will also build 33,000 megawatts of new renewables, mainly offshore wind. 

One result of these combined decisions--pro-nuclear and pro-renewables--is that Britain is one nation where the rush to gas is slowed.

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