The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power in Britain

The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power in Britain A History

Paperback (02 Mar 2016) | English

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The go-ahead for Britain's first new nuclear power station in 20 years, Hinkley Point C, marks a major change of policy. This book traces the UK's nuclear energy history, from the optimism of the 1950s, through the disillusionment of the 1980s to a new role for nuclear in the 21st century.

  • How the dreams of cheap electricity and export success died.
  • How privatizing the electricity industry revealed the wishful thinking of the nuclear sector.
    • Why improved management gave the privatized nuclear stations a new lease of life.
  • How the 2008 Climate Change Act unexpectedly encouraged 'new nuclear'.
  • Criticism of the industry:
    • "Why has it taken so long to get new reactors?" v. "If we wait a few years, a solar revolution will provide affordable, low-risk power"
    • Was this the right choice?
    • Concerns about the prices future consumers will have to pay.

About the Publisher

UIT Cambridge

UIT Cambridge

UIT was founded by Niall Mansfield in 1992 and incorporated in January 1993. Originally the company provided consultancy in computer networking and the Internet. Niall Mansfield had written several computer books for Addison-Wesley, and in 2003 Philip Hazel of Cambridge University, who occasionaly worked freelance for UIT, wanted to publish a new edition of the book about his Exim email software, that we had used in many large projects. That was the first book we published. Subsequently the company moved out of computer consulting, and is now devoted entirely to publishing. (Our origins are apparent because specialist computer books are still part of our focus.) Since 2008 we extended our remit, and our main focus now is publishing books on important and difficult issues, making them understandable to the layman. The first of these titles was the very successful Sustainable Energy - without the hot air ® by Professor David JC MacKay.

Book information

ISBN: 9781906860318
Publisher: UIT Cambridge
Imprint: UIT Cambridge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 333.79240941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: vii, 245
Weight: 448g
Height: 159mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 17mm