Nuclear power developers could well renew plans for UK investment once this energy white paper is published. A paper issued by the Treasury late last month stressed the UK should maintain energy options “by pursuing additional large-scale nuclear projects”, with industry observers struck by the use of the plural. While environmental purists shun atomic energy, many now accept the industry’s hugely improved safety record means nuclear can make a major contribution to decarbonisation – “filling the renewables gap when the wind doesn’t blow”. The reality is that wind power, while accounting for almost a quarter of UK electricity last year, remains expensive, as well as intermittent.
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