Scotland, where renewable energy has already beat nuclear power

Scotland, where renewable energy has already beat nuclear power

Scotland no longer needs nuclear power thanks to renewable energy. after the recent ending of the historic nuclear plant of Hunterston Bee (in the county of Ayrshire), Britain’s northernmost country Free of of nuclear plants. From 7 January 2022, the day officially marked the end of Hunterston BeeOperations continued throughout Scotland a alone Nuclear Plant, tornesWhich will close in 2028. We have to thank the massive increase in renewable energy generation capacity in the country: Just imagine that in 2020, 98.6% The electricity used in Scotland was derived from renewable energy. a Result Surprisingly close to the pre-established environmental target, which is 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

If the debate over the potential use of nuclear power combined with renewable energy (so as to eliminate fossil fuels) has now become very heated, especially in Europe, Scotland “talks” less and “acts” more. The country is showing what it is, not by guesses and speeches, but in practice. Possible Relying almost entirely on renewable energy. and, this, despite the fundamental contribution of energy by plants such as Hunterston B, Which has produced 297.4 terawatt-hours of electricity since 1976. For 45 years and 11 months, the Ayrshire power plant survived, almost twice its originally planned period of 25 years. Of course, not without problems. While ongoing maintenance has allowed an increase in the operating life of the plant, cracks in the graphite bricks in the reactor core represent a risk of running. it is true that Hunterston Bee It has been called the most productive “clean” energy resource in Scottish history, saving about 103 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel sources, which is why some are already mourning the closure of the plant. are.

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Concerns about future energy supplies, new jobs, high costs for renewable energy… these are just some of the arguments of those who do not agree with the end of nuclear power. but it’s still worth it known risk Given studies aimed at demonstrating their convenience on multiple fronts, when will it be enough to pay real attention and make the best investments in the world of renewable energy? And although conflicting opinions have also arisen in Scotland, meanwhile a historic nuclear power plant has been shut down and it certainly would never have happened without the success of other energy sources. and no moren only in Scotland, but also in the rest of Britain is always nuclear low popularity: by 2025, end of Hinkley Point b, hartlepool 1 more hesham 1, For a real debate on how much it is worth investing in so-called fourth generation or third generation and advanced third generation (III+) nuclear power plants, the Scottish example must be taken into account at the European level, when there are already examples of countries. That, through planning and investment, meet your needs with renewable energy.

[di Francesca Naima]

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