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The energy problem and outlines a proposed solution to a zero carbon energy system in the UK

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Plan N, te NIMBY plan, wich relies on 72% imported electricity, wth the 32% imported clean coal energy being sustained. Te energy gap would then be met through nuclear energy (10kWh/d). Pan L, te Liberal Democrats plan, rlies on power importation of 64% and wind energy (8kWh/d). Pan G, te Green plan, rcommends importation of 14% energy and the remaining demand to be met through wind energy (32kWh/d). Fnally, Pan E, o the economist plan delivers the unmet energy imports, rlying heavily on nuclear power (44kWh/d). I all the pmped heat would supply (12kWh/d) of energy (MacKay 2008).

Te combination of the energy sourcing mechanisms in each of these plans is such that they would meet a daily energy demand of 50 kWh, wich is the average energy demand per person per day as per MacKay’s calculations. A a means towards achieving Zero-carbon emission, McKay’s plans are feasible. Ech of the plans relies on sustainable energy sourcing either from the sustainable use of fossil fuels or on the use of renewable energy sources. Aditionally, ech of the plans majorly on renewable sources of energy.

Tis significantly reduces carbon emissions; te reduction is further exacerbated by the capture of carbon through the “clean-coal” plants proposed in three out of the five plans. Eergy importation is already an on-going activity for the U. K whereby it currently imports 23% of electricity that it requires for local use. Hwever, tese plans should be used in line with other methods of emission reduction. Fr instance, Alen et al. 2013) indicated that forests, gasslands and timber products capture carbon. Hwever, achallenge for approach is that there is a declining capacity for the U.

Ks forest to capture carbon due to low progress of reforestation efforts and maturity of existing forests. Dspite their feasibility, aother challenge for the proposal is their acceptance by the U. Te evidence of acceptability as a challenge is inherent in the drafting of the different plans. I each of his plans, McKay indicates that it suits a particular category of individuals who subscribe to a certain school of thought. Tere is evidence, hwever, tat the U. Kpopulation likely to embrace the proposals by MacKay, fr instance, tere has been stable support for both wind and nuclear energy, a 2/3 versus 1/3 for each of these alternatives.

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