Slowly but surely utility companies will cotton on to the idea that decentralised renewable energy generation is the future and investing in huge centralised energy plants at costs far outweighing greener alternatives such as solar and wind is madness. Former EDF director Gérard Magnin certainly thinks so. Energy democracy is clearly the direction of travel with consumers turning into prosumers, with an estimated half of all Europeans producing their own energy by 2050. With community energy sharing platforms such the sonnenCommunity already live, hopefully we can get to this point way before 2050.
The nuclear energy strategies of France and the U.K. are short-sighted, expensive and very risky, and citizen-owned solar and wind schemes should be the way forward, says former EDF director Gérard Magnin, who resigned in the summer in protest at the U.K. government’s approval of the Hinkley Point C plant. "The most surprising thing for me is the attitude of the U.K. government that accepts the higher cost of electricity in a time where the costs of renewables is decreasing dramatically," wrote Magnin. "In ten years, when Hinkley Point C is due to be completed, the cost of renewables will have fallen again a lot."