UK government releases finalized energy policy statements

The British government has published its finalized Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs), following a lengthy public consultation earlier this year.
According to a government statement, the six Energy NPSs provide a framework for decision making and set out the need for a surge of investment in new energy sources, including 33 GW of new renewable energy capacity.
The Nuclear NPS lists eight sites deemed suitable for new nuclear power stations by 2025. They are:
  • Bradwell, Essex
  • Hartlepool; County Durham
  • Heysham, Lancashire
  • Hinkley Point, Somerset
  • Oldbury, Gloucestershire
  • Sellafield, Cumbria
  • Sizewell, Suffolk
  • Wylfa, Anglesey
All adjacent to existing nuclear sites
The minister of state for Energy, Charles Hendry, said: “Around a quarter of the UK’s generating capacity is due to close by the end of this decade.
“We need to replace this with secure, low-carbon, affordable energy. This will require over £100bn ($160bn) worth of investment in electricity generation alone. This means twice as much investment in energy infrastructure in this decade as was achieved in the last decade.”
The final proposed Energy NPSs will be debated in Parliament, with the date of the debate subject to confirmation from Parliamentary authorities.
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