Slumping energy demand could spark brighter future for renewables

Low energy demand is also likely to hurt nuclear power producers, at least in the short term, experts agree. 

According to Elchin Mammadov, an energy analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, the technology most likely to suffer from lower demand is nuclear, because of its inflexibility.   

As nuclear power is impossible to temper, it can overwhelm the system when demand is sagging, as it is now.

To prevent blackouts,  last week the National Grid agreed to pay EDF Energy more than £50m to reduce power output from its Sizewell B nuclear plant for four months.

The prospects of Sizewell C, EDF’s huge

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