Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Renewable energy plans in UK will include eight nuclear power stations

Government in the UK has approved plans for eight sites where nuclear power
plants will be operational by 2025. The approval puts the UK in the
position of being a leader in the area of nuclear renewable energy.

According to, the backing for a new generation of nuclear
power stations marks a significant political compromise by the climate and
energy secretary, Chris Huhne, after the Liberal Democrats had campaigned
against new nuclear in the general election. The Conservatives, however, had
backed new nuclear power stations. Today's announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change will see
nuclear power plants operating at eight sites within the next decade:
Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset;
Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk and
Wylfa, Anglesey. All are in the vicinity of existing nuclear power plants. Huhne said: "I'm fed up with the stand-off between advocates of renewables
and of nuclear which means we have neither. We urgently need investment in
new and diverse energy sources to power the UK." The coalition has stressed that new reactors will have to be built without
public money. Earlier this year, energy minister Charles Hendry told a
nuclear industry audience: "The coalition agreement clearly sees a role for
new nuclear, provided that there is no public subsidy. We are clear. It is
for private sector energy companies to construct, operate and decommission
new nuclear plants. It will be for us to ensure the appropriate levels of
safety, security and environmental regulation."

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