The price of cheap electricity could become 60 per cent more expensive in the next 20 years because of the UK's reliance on offshore renewables, an industry expert has warned.
According to the Scotsman, Paul Willson, deputy director of engineering at Parsons Brinckerhoff's energy generation arm, is set to address the Industrial and Power Association today (April 19th) where he will talk about the UK's future energy needs.
Mr Willson told the newspaper that wind, wave and tidal energy technologies do not provide constant power, so will have to be backed up with gas and coal-fuelled power stations with carbon capture and storage facilities.
"We believe we've got to have a mix of fossil and renewable sources, and nuclear in England, and demand side measures such as a smart grid," he told the news provider.
"Some policies are an over-enthusiastic implementation of offshore tidal and wind. We've got a lever to control how much more expensive this electricity will be. If the wrong decisions are made, it could be 60 per cent more expensive."
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