Regulating Geological Nuclear Disposal

The Office for Nuclear Regulation together with the Environment Agency have separately published glossy information sheets outlining their proposals for dealing with nuclear wastes now that the Government has adopted dealing with existing and proposed nuclear wastes by geological disposal underground with no intention to retrieve it For the most hazardous wastes this will mean burying it deeply underground in suitable strata (if that can be found). The Environment Agency’s publication speaks of regulatory control being required for many decades and possibly for more than a hundred years…{more like thousands — Ed.)

{There is an irony here: so far no local County or District has volunteered to accept burying nuclear wastes. -Ed.}

‘Britain’s energy system is poised for a rapid expansion of batteries, with 4 gigawatts likely to be operating by 2033, official forecasts show. Renewables will also play a bigger role than forecast, resulting in far fewer gas—fired power stations being built than expected, according to an analysis published by the government this week. No carbon capture and storage plants are likely to be built by 2030, according to the documents, which show the government’s best estimate of the future energy mix if policies are continued. Large-scale battery technology is still in its infancy, with initial projects totalling 200 megawatts being built. New government forecasts project that this will increase to 1GW by 2021, ZGW by 2025, 3GW by 2029 and 4GW by 2033. The government now forecasts 45GW of renewable capacity will be built by 2035, compared with 33GW a year ago.

Forecasts for new gas power plants have been reduced by an amount corresponding to the increase in renewables.

from The Times 1 7th March 2017