Energy & Climate Minister pledges "not one atom of help" from the government
The future of nuclear energy in the U.K. does not look bright based on the rhetoric coming from Chris Huhne, the new government's Energy & Climate minister and key advisor to Conservative Party coalition partner David Cameron. In a May 13 interview with the BBC, Hunhe pledged there will be no public subsidies for new nuclear power stations in the U.K.
Hunhe has alarmed nuclear utilities who are planning to replace the U.K.'s first and second generations of nuclear reactors. He has a history of negative remarks about nuclear energy saying "it has been tried, tested, and failed."
Building new reactors takes enormous political that spans several election cycles. Given the long lead time for planning and construction, work needs to start soon in the U.K. if the nation wants to keep the lights on.
The question is whether the new U.K. government will support nuclear energy or not. A commitment to a massive new build hangs in the balance. Read all about it exclusively at the EnergyCollective online now.
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