What is the Public’s attitude to the future supply of UK energy?

Nightingale, T (2008) What is the Public’s attitude to the future supply of UK energy? [Dissertation]

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The United Kingdom has been using a mix of non-renewable, renewable and nuclear
power resources as a source of energy for many years. The balance of usage has
always favoured fossil fuels as the main producer of energy in the past but now, many
of these power plants are coming to the end of their life. This provides an opening for
new investment, and expansion in, the new renewable energy resources.
Because many of the current sources of electricity are set to close down within the
next 10 years the British government will have to find a solution to the looming
energy gap that will occur if nothing is done to prevent it.
Does the government want to introduce new nuclear power plants to the energy mix
because this is what the public want? Or does the public want the new renewable
energy resources to take the place of the older fossil fuel powered power plants? Are
the fossil fuel based power plants the only way to produce the necessary power
required in energy hungry Britain, and will the new additions of carbon capture make
coal a viable option for the future?
A questionnaire was formulated to investigate exactly what the public would like in
relation to the future energy supply within the UK. This highlighted some of the
reasons for the member of the public’s choices in energy types.

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