I know their are plans to replace the UK's ageing reactors but given Germany's decision to stop using Nuclear and now major corporations such as Siemens pulling out on the industry, is it only a matter of time?
All I know is that energy bills for the domestic user will be on the up and up.The fiasco about wind farms being turned off at high wind peak times, over the weekend, will only make the public less confident in the government's GREEN policies.Nuclear energy seems the only way ahead.
I'm wondering how susceptible Germany is to earthquakes and tsunamis. Last time I checked there are no major fault lines under the North Sea that would cause the kind of "perfect storm" (I hate that term, but the press love it) that did for the Fukushima plant.
Remember there have been no deaths as a direct result of the fate that befell Fukushima, the safety systems acted just as they should, but unfortunately the tsunami wrecked both the back-up generator for the pumps, and the back-up generator for the back-up generator, and the third line back-up UPS batteries only ran for a few hours as they're just meant to cover for that long whilst waiting for fuel for the two generators.
If we go the way that many feel is correct, we shall quickly find that many of our pleasures and labour saving devices will no longer have any power - I include PCs in this. Wind is not reliable, wave has not yet even been developed properly, gas/coal has not enough power stations as a result there will not be enough power unless we have nuclear.
We could of course take these retrograde steps if the majority want to do so, alternatively those who wish to do so could do without the modern conveniences.
Perhaps more effort should be applied to developing nuclear fusion (if it is possible for such application); that way all requirements will be met.