The price of offshore wind farms is now lower than nuclear energy, according to the UK government’s own figures. The government is paying £57.50 per Megawatt/Hour for the latest contracts for offshore wind generation. Previous subsidies cost the government 50% more. The UK’s Green Party say that this should be the end of new nuclear generation plans. The new nuclear power station at Hinckley Point will cost £92.50 per Megawatt/Hour. But, Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the UK Nuclear Industry Association, says that more than one technology is needed for Britain’s future energy needs. UK Energy and Industry Minister Richard Harrington said: “We’ve placed clean growth at the heart of the industrial strategy to unlock opportunities across the country, while cutting carbon emissions.” The government says the new technologies will create £17.5bn of investment and thousands of jobs in Britain.
Highlight text for solutions offshore – at sea subsidy – money paid by government to make something cheaper or more possible contract – a written agreement wind generation – making electricity using the wind association – group, organisations working together to place – to put in place or position growth – development, getting bigger at the heart of – at the centre of carbon emissions – the (negative) result of energy generation 17.5bn – 17,500,000,000 (billion) investment – money going into industry, etc.
Questions What is cheaper for the government, nuclear or renewable power? What does the Green Party want? Who disagrees with them? Does your government subsidise power generation?
The text talks about costs in the future. Which future form does it use? Why? Highlight text for solutions The new nuclear power station at Hinckley Point will cost £92.50 per Megawatt/Hour. It uses the ‘will’ future because it is making a prediction.