Nuclear Power to play bigger role in UKs energy future

Building blocks for low carbon future outlined with publication of the Nuclear White Paper and Energy Bill. Energy companies are being invited to bring forward plans to build and operate new nuclear power stations as part of the UK's strategy for a secure, diverse, low carbon energy mix.

The UK government's response to its nuclear consultation, in the form of a White Paper, was published alongside the Energy Bill which sets out a range of measures to address the twin challenges of tackling climate change and securing energy supplies.

Energy Secretary, John Hutton, said: "Giving the go ahead today that new nuclear power should play a role in providing the UK with clean, secure and affordable energy is in our country's vital long-term interest. With a third of our generating capacity coming offline within the next 20 years and increasing reliance on imported energy it is clear we need investment in a range of new energy infrastructure. Measures in the Energy Bill will drive a greater deployment of renewables and enable investment in carbon capture and storage and offshore gas infrastructure."

In a statement released today the government says it is in the public interest that new nuclear power stations should have a role to play in the UK's future energy mix alongside other low-carbon sources. It also says that it would be in the public interest to allow energy companies the option of investing in new nuclear power stations.

It will be for energy companies to fund, develop and build new nuclear power stations in the UK, including meeting the full costs of decommissioning and their full share of waste management costs.

Image: Nuclear power is destined to play a part in the UK's future energy plans

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