With the recent Chinese investment in the UK's nuclear energy I would like to know what type of Energy you believe is the best for the UK.
Wait, I mean nuclear.
I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a fan of wind farms, in the right areas. I disagree that they blot the landscape, however I will agree that they should be placed in already industrial areas where they are more likely to 'fit in.'
I'm not a fan of a single energy source, prefer a balanced mix from several sources.
I voted for hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and biomass.
Nuclear energy IS necessary especially as UK electrifies more rail lines, more cars run on electric rather than fossil fuels and in future hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will need huge amounts of energy and this is probably going to be the only way to ensure energy security. I'm not too fussed about the dangers of a nuclear reactor as UK has ample health, safety and environmental laws as well as the technology has improved in leaps and bounds that a risk of meltdown is lower than you cracking your skull from taking a shower.
UK has plenty of gas and more can be had from fracking, there is also biogas which can be reclaimed from various sources.
UK has one of the largest deposits and coal reserves in the world, I won't suggest this be the only source of energy for the sole reason that I don't want to see a repeat of the 70s and also the miners strike of 84 which almost crippled the country. Never again should a country be held hostage by a bunch of low class people. Also it can only be used in conjunction with the necessary carbon capture technologies which though at present time remains expensive will get cheaper in future.
Hydropower should definitely be exploited as this is in general the only real source of clean renewable energy and it is relatively speaking almost emissions free.
Biomass has it's place, also nothing is more renewable than this, you can plant a forest but you can't replace rare-earths, metals and the vast majority of sands required for the manufacture of wind turbines and solar panels, whilst a biomass plant you could burn just about everything in it that grows.
I also would like to see more waste-to-energy systems in place, currently many parts of UK pays countries such as Norway, Netherlands and Sweden for garbage disposal, these garbage is then used to power up the district heating systems, recently in one of my classes we had someone who came to speak to us about their waste-to-energy incinerator that provides heat for all schools, public buildings and some homes in Oslo. It is essentially a free source of energy because several places in UK notably Leeds has paid the plant lots of money to take this garbage and not just is it enough to pay for transport it is also enough to maintain the facilities as well as infrastructure. It used to be the heating facility would require 8 tonnes of fuel per day for it's heating operations, now it uses 5 tonnes of fuel per year and on average it can process 150 tonnes of garbage per day, food-waste is sorted though and sent for gas-reclamation which is then used as fuel for buses in Oslo. Surprisingly it is actually a very clean operation and it is proven to be a carbon neutral operation, very profitable too as for every 1000tonnes you get around 2 tonnes of steel, 11 tonnes of aluminium and around 1 tonne of ash....... guess what happens to these?? Yup you got that right, it is sold back to UK for a good profit.
Why only the uk? 4000 zettajoules of energy can be harnessed from geothermal energy alone. The world uses about half a zettajoule a year.
Immediate investment in new nuclear, and a real commitment to thorium flouride salt reactor research. Conventional nuclear will bridge the gap until the cleaner cheaper, safer LFTR reactors are ready. Then keep funding ITER and beyond whether we remain in the EU or not, so we can be among the first to get domestic fusion plants on a commercial scale.