Archive for the 'nuclear' category

Nuclear: why Britain is right and Germany wrong

First published in Energy World, November 2011.

For decades Britain seemed to have cornered the market in bad energy policy, but these days it has some stiff competition from Germany. Which is ironic, really.

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Europe pays for Germany’s nuclear ‘Nein danke!’

First published in the New Scientist, 29 July 2011.

Europe’s energy consumers will find themselves paying a high price for Germany’s decision to get out of nuclear power.

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Coal and gas to plug German nuclear gap

First published in the New Scientist, 7 July 2011.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government claimed to be “ushering in the age of renewables” as German MPs passed legislation this week to phase out nuclear power by 2022 – but the basic arithmetic of the energy-switch policy suggests the country will struggle to fill the hole left by nuclear power – and emissions may rise in the interim.

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David MacKay interview

First published in Sustainable Business, 4 June 2011.

My interview with David MacKay has the feel of a university tutorial. Perhaps it’s not surprising, since the chief scientific advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change is a professor of physics at Cambridge. But the impression is reinforced in his cramped office on the sixth floor of DECC, where I negotiate piles of paperwork and shuffle furniture so we both can see his computer screen.

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The real cost of not going nuclear

First published in the Utility Week, 1 April 2011.

Just because the nuclear backlash was inevitable doesn’t make it right.

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