Fusion Power

Fusion power is the power generated by nuclear fusion reactions. In this kind of reaction, two light atomic nuclei fuse together to form a heavier nucleus and in doing so, release a large amount of energy. A fusion power plant would generate far less radioactive waste than a fission reactor, would be safer, and given the amount of heavy hydrogen isotopes found in ordinary water could potentially satisfy earths energy needs for millions of years.

The conventional wisdom is that commercial fusion power will not be possibility for a considerable period of time. The year 2050 is sometimes quoted, but there are a number of different approaches to fusion power being investigated, and it is possible that a break through in any of these projects, could see fusion power an option in the not-to-distant future.

Fusion power plants may eventually be able to produce electricity for a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.

Fusion Power & Local Government

At first glance the future of fusion power doesn't seen to have much to do with local government, but if fusion power results in much cheaper energy in the medium or even long term it will be a game changer, and everything including local government will be effected.

Cheap fusion power will make things like desalination plants much more viable.

Some Asset Management Plans include a "Technological Change Forecast". A few notes about fusion power may be worthwhile inclusion.

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