Dare we say it? The ‘B’ word? Well if you’re reading the wider press this week, you’ll have read how U.K lawmakers are warning how plans to leave the European Union could pose a very serious threat to the UK’s power supplies and nuclear industry in particular.
Speaking to CNN, Iain Wright, head of a cross-party committee that published its findings this week stated that; “Ministers must act as urgently as possible.” The committee warns how nuclear power plants could be forced to shut down if Britain leaves the European Atomic Energy Community, or Euratom. Considering that nuclear makes up some 20% of the UK’s electricity and that the National Grid is taking its ageing coal-powered stations offline faster than it can replace them, this further confirms that the country’s precarious reserve power levels cannot be supported by inconsistent renewables alone.
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