A special conference hosted by Green MEPs will this week seek to dismantle the case for Hinkley C nuclear power station and bring an end to the argument that nuclear is ever part of a sustainable energy future. The London conference will take place to coincide with the 4th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and will reveal the findings of a soon to be released report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato MEP . The report will say:
- The South West has the potential to generate more than enough of its energy needs through renewables
- Renewables would provide significant revenue by keeping money circulating in the local economy and through exporting surplus energy to the national grid
- There is the potential for at least 80,000 new jobs in the renewables sector
- Rapidly declining costs of renewables together with new energy storage technologies and local smart grids will ensure that renewables are highly competitive with other forms of energy generation and ultimately cheaper than nuclear
- Inadequate funding mechanisms and a lack of political will are holding back the renewables sector in the South West
- Large scale divestment from fossil fuels and nuclear power and investing instead in renewables could rapidly create a low carbon resilient future for the South West.
The report will make clear a new economic model is needed which encourages community ownership of energy and divestment from fossil fuels and nuclear. It will call for a mechanism to broker ethical investors with renewable energy initiatives that are seeking funding.
If you would like to attend the conference please contact Amanda Williams, Regional Liaison Officer to Molly Scott Cato: 07780 970621 email@example.com
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