Re: Give us access for free for emergency services
"Hinkley Point? A direct cash subsidy added to your bill in a convoluted way. "
The only problem with Hinkley point is that there's only one of them.
If you do the math on the electricity demands based on:
1: Shutting down all existing carbon emitting electricity sources. (this is only 30% of carbon emssions)
2: Shutting down all carbon-emitting heating systems (gas and oil) - & replacing them with electricity
3: Moving transportation to mostly electric
4: Moving carbon-emitting industrial processes (process heat, kilns, etc) to electric sources.
Then the overall demand increase works out at 6-8 times higher than current levels, whilst all the renewables you can possibly deploy in the UK will only match the generation capacity that you lost in number 1 above.
Something's gotta give and I'd prefer that new generation capacity was ready _BEFORE_ the lights start going out (why do you think those smart meters are being forced on us?)
Yes, molten-salt nuclear generation would be better on any number of grounds but it's unlikely to be ready for commercial deployment for around 20 years and then it'll take 10 years to build the plants. We don't have the luxury of waiting 30 years - and when the MSR plants are ready they can digest the waste from conventional water/gas-moderated nuclear installations anyway.