Friday, 11 August 2017

How many politicians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Hi Val
Thanks for your interesting post about the local nuclear power station, especially the comment about all cars being electric after 2040 which many governments, including the UK and France, have proposed..
That’s only 23 years away.
By some estimates, to change all European cars to electric by 2040, Europe will need 40% more electricity generating capacity costing € 1.4 trillion (1.4 million million euros) and this is without replacing all the old power stations which will reach the end of their life during this period.
When the new Hinkley Point power station opens in 2025 (latest date announced) it will be 18 years since the project was first given the go-ahead.
It has also been estimated that there is only enough lithium reserve in the world to last for 17 years when all these electric cars and other devices are up and running.