Competitive energy markets and nuclear power: can we have both, do we want either?
Thomas, Steve (2010) Competitive energy markets and nuclear power: can we have both, do we want either? Energy Policy, 38 (9). pp. 4903-4908. ISSN 0301-4215Full text not available from this repository.
In 1987, the UK Conservative Party was re-elected promising to transform the electricity industry into a privatised competitive industry and to promote an expansion of nuclear power. Fulfilling both objectives was not possible. The nuclear plants were withdrawn from the sale and plans to build new plants were abandoned, but privatisation proceeded. In 2007, the Labour government began a new attempt to build nuclear plants to operate in the competitive electricity market, promising that no subsidies would be offered to them. By 2010, the utilities that were planning to build nuclear plants were beginning to suggest that ‘support’ in some form would be needed if they were to build new plants. More surprisingly, the energy regulator, Ofgem, cast doubt on whether a competitive wholesale
electricity market would provide security of supply. In 1990, the UK government opted for a competitive electricity market over expanding nuclear power. Now, the option of opting for a competitive electricity market may not exist. However, this might not leave the way open for new nuclear plants. The expected cost of power from new nuclear plants is now so high that no more than one or two heavily subsidised plants will be built.
|Additional Information:|| Published in Energy Policy, Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2010 - Special Section on Carbon Emissions and Carbon Management in Cities with Regular Papers. Edited by Shobhakar Dhakal and Ram M. Shrestha.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||nuclear power, competitive electricity markets, Ofgem|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions|
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Business|
School of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
School of Business > Public Services International Research Unit
|Last Modified:||05 Dec 2012 13:27|
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