Let’s play a game. The rules are simple.
Imagine you’re the Minister of State with responsibility for Energy in a small country on the northern fringes of Europe. With apologies to David Lodge, we’ll call this country Euphoria. As a member of the newly elected Green-leaning government, your ministerial role is to deploy low carbon energy in this island State of Euphoria, whilst keeping the lights on.
In the frustrating days of opposition you were able to imagine a bright Green future of large-scale energy storage, tidal power around the coast of Euphoria, carbon capture and storage and a host of other technologies which haven't yet reached industrial-scale. You'll invest heavily in energy R&D, but now you’re in power, you need to deal in the reality of nuclear, gas and wind as the practical tools at your disposal (coal has long been killed off by EU directive). The key question is how much of each?