An address from the Prime Minister at the Conservative Party Conference this week could prove the catalyst for Cumbria’s clean energy hopes but some feel that the commitment has been a long time coming. PM Boris Johnson will address the Conservative Party Conference this week and it is understood he will commit to investment in renewables and nuclear energy, with all of Britain’s electricity produced from those sources by 2035. Those involved in plans for a Green Energy Hub at Moorside, a site neighbouring Sellafield, have been waiting for the UK Government to fully commit to nuclear power. It has been said that with the right economic culture around clean energy production, companies such as Rolls Royce and EDF Energy are more likely to invest in new nuclear sites such as Moorside and Sizewell C. Rolls Royce is the leading party in the UK SMR Consortium which has interest in siting the reactors at Moorside. SMRs are used to produce carbon-free electricity using nuclear fission and are viewed as the key to a net zero future. The news comes as Copeland Borough Council’s executive prepare to discuss their involvement in plans for a Geological Disposal Facility.
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