Our greatest opportunity for 2018 is the management of the transition to a low carbon economy, as we stop burning coal and turn to lower carbon solution such as generation from gas and zero carbon alternatives. This transition creates new opportunities for the sector which should see increases in jobs in these sectors, particularly in our region where we have the largest windfarms in the world being installed off our coast and the potential for two nuclear power stations (Sizewell C and Bradwell B). Greater clarity is needed from government on their energy strategy particularly post-Brexit. EDF and its long-standing partner CGN have plans to develop two new power stations: Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Progressing these in 2018 is not only an opportunity for us, but would create significant business, skills and job opportunities for the region – just as Hinkley Point C is doing for the South West. Businesses in the South West have already secured £465m in contracts and the station is worth over £4bn to the regional economy over its lifetime – we want to do the same for the East of England. Our biggest challenge and opportunity is to collect all the valuable information and experience coming from our other new nuclear projects and use this to make Sizewell C as efficient as possible and maximise the opportunities for the communities in the East of England.
Eastern Daily Press 28th Feb 2018 read more »