Energy Situation in the UK

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  • The Energy Situation in the UK
    • Oil and Gas
      • UK has already used 3/4 of oil and gas in territorial waters, many that remain in the North Sea are in small and remote areas
      • UK running out of significant reserves of oil and gas that made it a leading producer in the last 30yrs
      • UK oil and gas production peaked at the end of 1990's and has now fallen
      • Gas imports will have to rise in the future as it is predicted to account for an increasing share in electicity generation
    • Nuclear Power
      • Falling oil and gas production in the North Sea means that nuclear energy is back on the agenda in the UK
        • Enviro organisations such as 'Green Peace' are opposed to Nuclear Power
        • Supporters of it believe that its is the only way we can avoid electricity shortages and at the same time meet climate change obligations
    • Coal
      • Was the biggest employer at start of the 20th Century
        • Coal mining employed over 1 million at its peak
      • Coal has declined beacsue it is the dirtiest and most inflexible of the fossil fuels and becasue wirtually all of the country's easily accessible coal has already been mined
    • H.E.P
      • UK only generates 0.8% of its electricity from H.E.P
      • Most large scale plants are in the Scottish Highlands
      • Very few opportunities as the UK doesn't have the correct physical environment
        • Even if all streams and rivers in UK could be tapped it would only meet just 3% of our energy needs
    • Wind as a renewable energy resource
      • Wind seems to be the only renewable resource of energy available in the UK
        • Others are 2 wave devices in Scotland. And increasing solar panels totalling 6 mega watts
      • Main wind farm is in Cornwall

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