This section analyses the potential for low-carbon generation alternatives including renewables, nuclear power, and carbon capture and storage technologies and the role that policy can play in the conception, implementation and regulation of these technologies. In order to meet energy needs and reach the goal of a less carbon-intensive economy, the evolving energy mix requires choices to be made between different energy technologies, ranging from nuclear technology to renewables. For those low-carbon technologies that are not currently cost competitive, decisions need to be taken as to the mechanism(s) needed to incentivise and ultimately commercialise the technologies.
Amongst the topics covered are:
- Nuclear renaissance
- Carbon capture and storage (including financing, capture ready, assembling the CCS value chain)
- Renewables (Solar (both CSP and PV), Wind (onshore and offshore), tidal)
- Public communications of new technologies