A view is being promoted that big baseload nuclear power may be needed, not because the UK lights will go out - there is now the back-up "capacity market" - but because electric cars (EVs) will need lots of new electric power. That's misleading, out-of-date or just plain wrong because EV3 smart meters will use their batteries to charge up cheap and sell back to the grid when they are not in use (the majority of time for cars), either at home or in the works or office car park. That is, batteries are a synergy technology.
News that the global IT data industry with clouds and vast data centres is growing so fast that a "tsunami of data" could consume one fifth of total global electricity by 2025 looks like becoming the next worry/disaster story to be picked up and used for baseload nuclear. Our comment, hopefully a bit in front of the pack, is that the big data IT industry needs to get its "synergy" skates on: its electricity use is both in the networks/chips, and also vastly in cooling down the heat produced. Ideal for community heat and power, for example. And solar parks on the big data estates ? Looking forward to seeing how this arguments pans out ! (Guardian 11.12.18).