UK facing massive power shortfall when coal stations close, engineers warn
Source: The Energyst
The UK faces serious power shortages when coal stations close, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has warned.
While government has pinned its hopes on gas and nuclear picking up the slack, the Institution predicts that the UK will only have half the power it needs in 2025. The proposed new nuclear plant at Hinckley Point, if constructed by then, will not be enough.
Meanwhile, around 30 new large gas power stations will be required to plug the gap and the UK no longer has the people or knowhow to build that many in ten years, according to the IMechE. “The UK is facing a serious supply crisis,” warned its head of energy.
In a report published this morning it recommends government urgently reviews the incentives for businesses and households to reduce demand and become more energy efficient.