The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power in Britain: A History

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UIT Cambridge, Mar 2, 2016 - Nuclear energy - 245 pages

The go-ahead for Britain's first new nuclear power station in 20 years, Hinkley Point C, marks a major change of policy. This book traces the UK's nuclear energy history, from the optimism of the 1950s, through the disillusionment of the 1980s to a new role for nuclear in the 21st century.

  • How the dreams of cheap electricity and export success died.
  • How privatizing the electricity industry revealed the wishful thinking of the nuclear sector.
    • Why improved management gave the privatized nuclear stations a new lease of life.
  • How the 2008 Climate Change Act unexpectedly encouraged 'new nuclear'.
  • Criticism of the industry:
    • "Why has it taken so long to get new reactors?" v. "If we wait a few years, a solar revolution will provide affordable, low-risk power"
    • Was this the right choice?
    • Concerns about the prices future consumers will have to pay.

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Simon Taylor is a University Lecturer in Cambridge Judge Business School and economist. He teaches on financial markets and institutions, and has done research on financing nuclear power.

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