The UK energy picture In 2002 total inland energy consumption in the UK was 229.6 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe). Nuclear contributed 21.3 mtoe to the total. Renewables and energy from waste accounted for a mere 2.7 mtoe (UK Energy in Brief, DTI, July 2003). Is it fantasy to support that renewable energy sources could equal, even exceed, this capacity without help from nuclear? This is a key question since the Energy White Paper of February 2002 put nuclear on hold pending a demonstration that renewables could fill the void left by the decommissioning of the present cluster of nuclear facilities.