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Anti-Green Rollback Begins

Posted by Guest Column on Mar 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM

The issue of giving nuclear parity with renewables is likely to be controversial

The UK government wants nuclear power to be given parity with renewables in Europe, in a move that would significantly boost atomic energy in Britain but downgrade investment in renewable generation, according to a leaked document seen by the Guardian. The EU-wide target should be scrapped when its current phase – requiring member states to generate 20% of energy from renewables – runs out in 2020, according to a secret submission to the European commission. “The UK envisages multiple low-carbon technologies: renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage, all competing freely against each other in the years to come. For this reason, we cannot support a 2030 renewables target,” it reads.—Fiona Harvey and Juliette Jowit, The Guardian, 12 March 2012

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