EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard has added that offshore wind energy is cheaper than nuclear.He’s picking up the story from the Guardian, in which Fiona Harvey and Terry Macalister wrote 17 March 2011:
“Some people tend to believe that nuclear is very, very cheap, but offshore wind is cheaper than nuclear,”
“There are 143 nuclear power plants in Europe and they are not going to disappear,” Hedegaard said at the European Wind Energy Association’s annual conference in Brussels. “But when it comes to new energy capacity that discussion is likely to be very much influenced by what is happening in Japan.”
We currently buy most of our electricity from Plant Sherer near Macon (dirtiest coal plant in the country). We can buy electricity from offshore wind farms no farther away.
We already knew that solar has become more cost-effective than nuclear. Now wind has done the same. Maybe Georgia Power will get on with real clean energy: solar and wind. Or maybe Sterling Planet will.