Subsidy costs for Scottish off-shore wind and tidal energy farms likely to fall below those needed for new nuclear plants making the latter an even more stupid choice

We all know, of course, that if you really cost nuclear properly including the massive decommissioning costs and the risks to the environment, humans too, it has always been far more expensive than ever admitted. Here’s Siemens’ managing director says in this Reuters report on 10th March:

I predict the price for offshore wind in the upcoming auction will be lower than that given to Hinkley…The price will keep coming down, as we find better logistic solutions, new grid solutions, as well as bigger turbines.’

The contract for Hinkley C nuclear power station will give French utility EDF £92.5 per megawatt hour, twice the current wholesale price of electricity.

In 2016, electricity from off-shore windfarms was already as low as £97 per megawatt hour, down 32% in four years. With bigger turbines thus less towers and foundations it will soon cost less to produce the same amount of electricity.

I’ve recently reported on the world’s largest off-shore floating wind farms and tidal energy turbines to be built off the Scottish coast at:

‘The Biggest in the World!’ 270 tidal energy turbines to be installed to provide sustainable power to Scotland

A second ‘biggest in the world’ for Scotland’s renewable energy sector

Also, the efficiencies of scale with larger turbines, predicted by Siemens above, have already been predicted at:

The potential for Scottish Wind Power is even greater than we thought. Could a single wind turbine power a whole Scottish city?

It’s clearly time to cancel any further nuclear power investment and to further invest in Scotland’s ideal environment for offshore wind and tide power.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-siemens-britain-windpower-idUKKBN16H1B0

 

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2 thoughts on “Subsidy costs for Scottish off-shore wind and tidal energy farms likely to fall below those needed for new nuclear plants making the latter an even more stupid choice

  1. Clydebuilt March 12, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Your graphic reminded me of an old SAND sticker ……

    Definately need to get on with Tidal…… That’ll increase our base load, much required.

    Over recent years Westminister has worked against renewables, particularly damaging for Scotland. Then their Grid Connecting regime, that has stopped any new Gas stations being built in Scotland.

    Westminister’s Energy policy is anti Scottish.

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  2. johnrobertson834 March 12, 2017 / 11:44 am

    As you say if renewables are good for our stormy waters they’re bad for the Union.

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