The UK will detail plans to expand its energy sources this week as the war in Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and a cost of living crisis are forcing countries across Europe to rethink the way they generate electricity and heat homes. to be revised urgently.
The main focus is on nuclear and wind power, two industries that are not without controversy.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said yesterday he was awaiting proposals for more nuclear reactors, including those of lower capacity, and for expanding offshore wind farms. However, he does not advocate building more facilities on land.
“I’m not for a huge increase in onshore wind farms – they can be something of an eyesore to both communities and noise issues,” Mr Shapps told Sky News. “For reasons of environmental protection, you go to sea with it to a large extent.”
The UK is looking to build large wind farms in the Irish Sea to meet its energy needs.
The war in Ukraine has put energy imports in the spotlight and the European Union is stepping up efforts to reduce dependence on Russia, particularly for gas.
Gas prices were already skyrocketing before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, and officials in some countries have warned that gas and diesel use could be controlled.
Speaking later to the BBC, Mr Shapps ruled out rationing in the UK, saying the country was far less reliant on Russian imports than other major European economies such as Germany.
He said the UK was still facing rising costs, however, due to the international market.
A UK government cap on gas and electricity prices soared on April 1, and charity groups warned millions of people are being pushed into fuel poverty and forced to choose between paying for heating or buying groceries.
UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to announce details of the new energy security plan within days.
In addition to wind and nuclear power, attempts are also being made to increase electricity generation from solar energy.
Britain could build up to seven new nuclear power plants by 2050 as part of the expansion, Mr Kwarteng said Daily Telegraph.
The British government is also in talks about a fleet of hundreds of mini-reactors, the newspaper said.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/britain-eyes-more-nuclear-plants-and-offshore-wind-farms-in-new-energy-push-41517438.html UK sees more nuclear power plants and offshore wind farms in new energy surge