British energy challenge much larger than public realizes

by William Yeatman on October 12, 2004

in Blog

 A pair of British economists has revealed the true extent of the effort needed to meet the current governments alternative energy commitments.

 Prof Andrew Oswald, an economist at Warwick University, and Jim Oswald, an energy consultant, told the Daily Telegraph (Oct. 7) that the governments plans would require 100,000 new wind turbines or 100 new nuclear power plants.  That many wind turbines would cover an area the size of Wales – or a six mile-wide strip around the entire coast of Britain.

 The enormity of the green challenge is not understood, said Mr Oswald. Many people think that hydrogen is a simple alternative to oil, but in fact it will require a huge investment in either wind farms or nuclear plants.

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