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17 Sep 2008 05:09:58

Energy gap claims rejected

Energy gap claims rejected
The government has denied a report that claims there will be power shortages in five years.

A report that claims that there will be power shortages in five years unless climate change is put on the back boiler while electricity supply is developed has been slammed.

The pro-nuclear Fells Associates published A Pragmatic Energy Policy for the UK, which energy secretary John Hutton said "overstates the risk" of an energy gap.

According to the report, a third of the UK's generating capacity will be decommissioned by 2020 and there are no adequate replacements for the capacity that is being taken offline.

It claims that renewables can not fill the gap and that until supply is met, combating climate change is a lesser priority.

Co-author Candida Whitmill said: "Security of supply now takes priority over everything, even climate change."

However, Mr Hutton was dismissive of the extent of the energy shortage.

He said: "Ian Fells overstates the risk of the energy gap, but he also understates what the government's already doing to secure our future supplies and increase our energy independence - such as a tenfold increase in renewables, a renaissance of nuclear energy in the UK, and backing clean coal technology."


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