Date of release: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Professor Steve Thomas Energy expert Professor Steve Thomas will be plugging in to the national airwaves today (Thursday 5 September) as he takes part in BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Energy Day’.

The broadcaster is running a day of programmes dedicated to the UK’s energy debate and will be using a studio powered only by renewable energy.

Professor Thomas will be taking part in Radio 5 Live’s breakfast programme, which starts at 6am, as a neutral and expert voice throughout the show. He will then be participating in a special ‘phone-in’ hosted by presenter Nicky Campbell, where he will help answer questions alongside Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

He will also be doing a televised interview for the BBC’s News at Six on the subject of Britain’s energy needs, and is even writing an article for the BBC website.

Professor Thomas, who is also Director of Research within the university’s Business School, says: “The Energy Day could not be more timely, as consumers are struggling to meet their energy bills in the face of rapidly increasing costs. Further substantial price increases are on their way, too, as we try to meet our climate change targets by replacing our old fossil-fired power stations with cleaner, but more expensive, power plants.”

Professor Thomas has worked as an independent energy policy researcher for more than three decades, and has published extensively on topics including smart meters and nuclear power.

Earlier in the year, he spoke at the House of Commons on the topic of the government’s nuclear power strategy, addressing the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group on several subjects, including whether Electricité de France (EDF) is the right company to build the UK’s new nuclear power plants.

He was a member of the team appointed in 1997 by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to carry out the official economic due diligence study for the project to replace the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

During its Energy Day, the BBC Radio 5 Live studio in Salford will be powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, kinetic, biofuel), while people will be invited to ride exercise bikes and even a large hamster wheel to keep the energy going. Former Olympic champion Chris Boardman will be among the cyclists trying to keep one of the shows on air in the afternoon.

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