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Neighbours Unenthusiastic About UK Energy Review

Needless to say not everyone is impressed with the UK’s latest energy review.

The much touted reactivation of the nuclear energy program is not popular in Ireland. Being just across a narrow strip of water Ireland gets anything nasty that flows out of power stations on the west coast of the UK without benefiting from the electricity produced.

A posting on Eniroireland.com pointed out. “The issues for Ireland arising from decisions made by the UK on nuclear policy are well known and long standing. Environmental consequences have arisen for Ireland from historic and ongoing discharges to the sea from Sellafield and the potential risk of a serious accident or incident at nuclear plants including Sellafield,” says Minister Roche. “The problem of Sellafield amplifies our concerns about decisions the UK Government might make in regard to using nuclear power.”

In Scotland, which leans towards an increase in renewables and is home to a large number of companies carving out a niche in this market, there are also number of people who have issues with current UK energy review.

Scotland's opposition party, the SNP, has published its own Energy Review. One of the major findings is that Scotland produces 6 times more energy than it uses meaning the case for nuclear is not made.

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The much touted reactivation of the nuclear energy program is not popular in Ireland. Being just across a narrow strip of water Ireland gets anything nasty that flows out of power stations on the west coast of the UK without benefiting from the electricity produced.

A posting on Eniroireland.com pointed out. “The issues for Ireland arising from decisions made by the UK on nuclear policy are well known and long standing. Environmental consequences have arisen for Ireland from historic and ongoing discharges to the sea from Sellafield and the potential risk of a serious accident or incident at nuclear plants including Sellafield,” says Minister Roche. “The problem of Sellafield amplifies our concerns about decisions the UK Government might make in regard to using nuclear power.”

In Scotland, which leans towards an increase in renewables and is home to a large number of companies carving out a niche in this market, there are also number of people who have issues with current UK energy review.

Scotland's opposition party, the SNP, has published its own Energy Review. One of the major findings is that Scotland produces 6 times more energy than it uses meaning the case for nuclear is not made.

This review findings and recommendations include:

- Scotland produces 6 times more energy than it uses - it exports more than ten times the oil, about six times more gas and produce almost twice as much coal as it uses.

- Scotland exports almost 24% more electricity than it needs to meet Scottish demand and claims that it is therefore not in the same position as the rest of the UK.

- It thinks there should be a cap on onshore wind farms and a greater community focus for projects and that there is a big future for offshore wind.

- It says coal seams below the Firth of Forth would be suitable to produce a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide like old town gas.

- It also points out that at least 20% of our transport fuels could come from Scottish-grown bio-sources and farm wastes.

- It believes previous assessments of the energy potential of the Pentland Firth may have underestimated the generation capacity from tidal power. Depending on the level of bottom friction the maximum might be twice the peak Scottish electrical demand.
With turbines designed for deployment in 70 metres depth the resource could exceed present UK nuclear capacity.

- Research concludes that Scotland has one of the BEST climates in Europe for using solar heat in buildings.

- Energy demand in Scottish buildings could be reduced by at least 30%. A combination of techniques should lead to a reduction in heat and electricity demand in industry in Scotland of at least 25%.

The Review Chairman and SNP's Energy Spokesman, Professor Salter said: "Scotland is blessed with a variety of useable renewable and clean carbon technologies. The review makes clear the potential for a clean energy future, but it is now up to the people and politicians to make the right decisions for our nation."


 


Source: http://www.carbonfree.co.uk...

JUL 14 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/3506-neighbours-unenthusiastic-about-uk-energy-review
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