UK government should reconsider nuclear energy plans as offshore wind power costs decline | GBRI

As the offshore wind power costs in UK have reached a record low, green groups are putting pressure on the government to rethink its commitment towards a new generation of nuclear power plants. The government has planned three atomic plants at Wylffa in Wales, Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex as part of its new energy plan.

“The epoch of renewables as the most cost competitive technology has arrived,” said energy analysts Cornwall Insight, while the Economist Intelligence Unit said they showed “the trajectory of cheaper renewable technologies is irreversible”.

“The spectacular drop in the cost of offshore wind is extremely encouraging and shows the need for a radical reappraisal by government of the UK’s energy provision,” said Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

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