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European energy mix targets not national ones, please

The pie chart attached to the story Blown Away, (NCE 31 January), showing electricity supplied by fuel type, prompted me to look at a similar chart, which was attached to my electricity bill in France.

With 85.7% of electricity in France being derived from nuclear power, targets set on a percentage change for renewables become spurious.

Presumably the 2% imports shown on the pie chart in your article, which are significant when compared with the 4.5% being derived from renewables, are mostly power transmitted through the cross channel link and hence are largely nuclear.

It is reported that as of 2005 imports of electricity from France have historically accounted for about 5% of electricity available in the UK, with 97.5% of the energy transfers being made from France to UK, supplying the equivalent of 3M British homes. The maximum transmission rate to the UK grid is a secure 2GW which should be compared with the current wind generating capacity of 2.5GW, (with output significantly less certain).

Is it not time that electricity supply and targets are considered on a European basis or is it to be chacun à son goût until the year 2020?

John Manning (F), Epping, Essex, johnmanning@garnal.co.uk

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