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Energy Supplies

Volume 23: debated on Monday 10 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his most recent calculation of the ratio of economic growth and aggregate demand for energy from all sources.

My Department no longer publishes the ratio of growth in energy demand to economic growth for reasons given in an article in Economic Trends May 1981 entitled "The Energy Coefficient Revisited". Nevertheless, we still continue to publish the ratio of total inland primary energy consumption to gross domestic product and the provisional figure for this ratio in 1981 is 91·5 on the base of 1975 = 100.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his most recent estimate of simultaneous maximum demand for electricity in 1983 and 1984.

I am advised by the Electricity Council that unrestricted simultaneous maximum demand for England and Wales in 1982–83, 1983–84 and 1984–85 is estimated at 42·9 GW, 43·0 GW and 43·4 GW respectively.Electricity supplies in Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what is the current total output of advanced gas-cooled reactor nuclear power stations; what percentage of total electricity generating capacity this represents; and what percentage of total energy consumption from all sources this represents.(2) when the current advanced gas-cooled reactor nuclear power programme was begun; and when it is estimated to be fully completed, excluding Heysham and Torness;(3) what additional nuclear electricity capacity has come on stream since May 1979; and what is the total current capacity, excluding stations not at the moment generating electricity because of overhaul, fuel reloading or temporary breakdown.