Nuclear power generation in the UK will not only take a long time (a minimum of 10 years to come online – which could be too late…) – but it is also HUGELY expensive.
And this is without taking into account the costs of disposing of the waste – which are usually ignored and taken care of by the tax payer…
So why not spend the price of one new nuclear power station on generating renewable energy?
And since distributed microgeneration usually has a large start up cost why not use the cash for interest free loans to householders to install solar, wind and ground power schemes?
These could all be online in a very short timeframe and would have instant benefit. And the single biggest barrier to people generating their own power would be removed.