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Energy mix needed to meet demand, says renewable energy expert

(9 January 2008)

Durham University expert says nuclear power must form part of the UK’s energy supply.

The government today announced its decision on the future of the role of nuclear power in the UK. Although environmental campaigners have deemed the approval of a new generation of nuclear power stations expensive and dangerous, a Durham University renewable energy expert suggests that nuclear power must form part of the UK’s energy supply. Professor Peter Tavner, Head of School of Engineering, said: “The energy issues facing us, if we are to secure the UK’s long term needs, are vital. “As a renewable energy professor I am delighted that we are going to exploit our substantial offshore wind resources. But energy supply is holistic and we need to consider both the supply and demand. “Renewables, nuclear-power, coal-fired and gas-fired power must form a part of the supply side, the public debate should be about the balance. But we must pay attention to energy demand, decreasing where we can by efficiency and finding technological and regulatory methods to support this objective.”

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