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The Energy Gap
The UK Government and energy companies are looking for a solution. When figuring out which energy sources can fill the energy gap, they need to consider five factors:
Is it secure?
Find out how easy or difficult it is to buy the fuel for each of the energy sources.
Is it predictable?
Find out which energy sources can be relied on to generate consistent, predictable levels of electricity.
Is it affordable?
Find out how much it costs for energy companies to generate electricity using each energy source.
Is it plentiful?
Find out how much of each energy source is available for generating electricity.
Is it clean?
Find out how much each energy source contributes to global climate change when it’s used to generate electricity.
The Energy Mix
No single energy source can fill the gap. The UK needs to find a mix that balances each source's pros and cons, and to use energy more efficiently. See which sources could form the mix:
Hydro power stations are reliable, clean and long-lived, but nearly all of the suitable sites in the UK have been developed. See what role hydro can play in the solution.
Coal is plentiful and reliable, but contributes to climate change. See what role coal can play in the solution.
Solar energy is clean and practically inexhaustible, but it can only generate electricity during the day. See what role solar can play in the solution.
Gas is reliable, but the UK's reserves are running out and it contributes to climate change. See what role gas can play in the solution.
Marine power is a renewable energy source. Marine power is as secure as most other renewable energy sources, and potentially more reliable. See what role marine can play in the solution.
Oil is reliable, but all the UK's oil power stations plan to shut down by the year 2015. See what role oil can play in the solution.
Nuclear power is reliable, clean and affordable, but generates radioactive waste. See what role nuclear can play in the solution.
The wind is a clean and renewable energy source, but it is unpredictable and can be expensive to harness. See what role wind can play in the solution.
EDF Energy's Approach
EDF is committed to helping the UK bridge the energy gap with a mix of energy sources to generate electricity, balancing the needs of low-carbon emissions, security of supply and affordability.