Even the 65% electricity commitment from renewables, still leaves 35% of electricity to be produced from non renewable sources, which will presumably come from fossil fuels or from nuclear power. This is all based on today’s consumption levels, but as we know, demand is constantly rising for electricity, with new gadgets produced that require electricity coming onto the market all the time. And if electricity is to be used to power transportation vehicles, trains, planes and automobiles, then this demand will rise at an even faster rate.
The answer to this increase in demand for electricity, it appears, is to be provided by nuclear power. Today the Tory government signed an agreement with the Chinese and French governments (state owned company in France), to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. It is a terrible deal, whereby British taxpayers will pay these foreign governments double the market rate for the electricity produced, for the next 30 years. This may be an underestimate too, with the costs of these types of nuclear projects tending to soar as time passes.