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Restarting already built and payed offed nukes is very cheap. They are expensive to build, but cheap to run. A lot like wind.

Pretty much anything you can do with gas, you can do with electricity as well. The exception is the kind of petrochemical industry where the alternative to gas is oil.

But heating? No problem. 20 years ago, most free-standing houses around had electrical heating. You might consider that a little wasteful, and it was, but we had the power and it was clean, so why not? With the current higher power prices that doesn't make sense any longer, so now most of those houses have switched either to district heating (in cities), modern advanced wood stoves, or most interestingly, geothermal heat-pumps. You put one kWh of electricity in and get 3-5 kWh of heat back. That's more efficient than gas heating, even if the electricity was generated in a gas-fired power plant. Which it obviously don't need to be when you have 8 GW of nuclear power standing idle...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Mar 29th, 2014 at 05:08:59 PM EST
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