The UK’s energy mix may change in the future. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a few days ago that he wants 25% of the UK’s electricity to come from nuclear energy.
At present, the proportion of nuclear energy in the UK is only 16%, and there are many nuclear power plants to be decommissioned. However, the proportion of nuclear energy in the UK may not decrease in the future. Before the birthday of British Prime Minister Johnson, the British Rolls-Royce, the French EDF, and the nuclear energy industries such as Westinghouse and Bethel in the United States Company executives met to discuss how to accelerate the development of nuclear power plants; to help nuclear power plants find funds, many insurance and pension companies also attended, including Aviva, Legal & General and Rothesay Life.
In recent decades, the UK has been working hard to build new nuclear power plants, but they have not been able to achieve the expected goals. For example, the Japanese conglomerate Hitachi withdrew from the Wylfa nuclear power plant project in Wales in 2020, and because of geopolitics, EDF (EDF). ) and the sizewell C nuclear power plant jointly built with China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) is behind schedule.
At the same time, the number of nuclear power plants in the UK is also gradually declining. Hunterston B in Scotland has been decommissioned earlier this year, Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant will also be closed this summer, Heysham nuclear power plants (Heysham I) and Hartlepool (Hartlepool I) It will say goodbye in 2024, when the capacity of nuclear power installations will drop to 3.6GW.
Given the intermittent nature of renewable energy and soaring fossil fuel prices, the UK sees nuclear energy as a means of balancing the grid, and as electricity consumption increases in the future, more power sources will need to be developed. After the unprecedented surge in fossil fuel prices, the British government has also frequently discussed energy policy in recent months. For example, it met with senior oil and gas companies last week, hoping to accelerate investment in the North Sea. It also plans to hold a meeting with the top executives of the offshore wind power industry next week. Expand renewable energy programs.
According to the report, Johnson and Johnson believes that the British government has in the past “long-term lack” of leadership in nuclear energy and is therefore being “slaughtered” by other countries such as France. Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), said a nuclear energy program was necessary if we were to lower energy costs and reduce expensive imports of natural gas, as we moved towards net-zero emissions targets. In the future, while expanding investment in renewable energy, we will also need to invest in various large and small nuclear energy projects. This is also the clean and autonomous source of power we need.
There are also partisan calls for the UK to increase its nuclear capacity to 15GW by 2030 and 30GW by 2050, up from 12.7GW at its peak in 1995.