§ Mr. Hain
The DTI has recently published UK energy projections for the period up until 20201. The baseline projections embody a rundown in nuclear output and 275W capacity between 2000 and 2020 as existing stations reach the end of their lives. On an assumption of no new nuclear build, the projections are that by 2020 nuclear capacity will have fallen to 4GW and the annual electricity generated by the nuclear sector will have fallen to 27TWh. These translate into falls from current levels of 69 per cent. and 66 per cent. respectively.
There is, of course, great uncertainty about the lifetimes of existing plant and hence future output levels. Plant lives will depend on the economics of continued production, which in turn will depend on the actions required of their owners to ensure safe operation.1 Energy Projections for the UK, 2000–20. Energy Paper 68. Published November 2000.