POLSIS academic argues for 'real' green energy

Posted on Wednesday 19th January 2011

Experts warn that Government proposals on electricity market reform will benefit nuclear power at the expense of the renewable energy programme.

Dr David Toke Senior Lecturer in Energy Policy leads a policy debate in The Guardian newspaper on Government proposals on funding of renewable energy. He attacks the Government for proposals which will see subsidies for nuclear power replace support for renewable energy. Renewable energy will be afforded an inferior incentive mechanism compared to what exists at present.

A call is made for a system of 'real' feed-in tariffs as practiced in countries like Germany to be employed to support renewable energy as opposed to the Government proposals for an 'auction' system of awarding contracts to renewable energy (in direct or indirect competition with proposals for nuclear power stations).

Dr Toke also responded to the ensuing debate arguing that renewable energy is better placed to serve national needs for reliable energy supplies compared to nuclear power.

See letters debate in the Guardian involving contributions by David Toke:

Wrong policy on renewable energy
Letter in the Guardian calling for real feed-in tariffs for renewables but not for nulcear power

Finnish lesson for advocates of a quick go-ahead for nuclear
Previous letter sent in by pro-renewable energy academics arguing that the Government's new energy policy will favour nuclear power rather than renewable energy

Also see David Toke’s 'green energy blog'