The nation wants to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050. To do so it will start by building new nuclear reactors at 11 sites for 16 GWe of carbon emission free electricity
Energy issues are a top priority in the U.K. Significant challenges are driving decisions to invest in multiple new nuclear reactors at 11 sites to be built over the next two decades. The first units are expected to be online by 2017. This round of construction could develop 16-30 GWe of nuclear powered electricity.
The key issues are the original generation of 19 nuclear plants built in the 1970s and 80s are getting older. The first plant began operating in 1956. Some units will be decommissioned in the next five years. All but one of them will be retired by 2023. Second, natural gas supplies from the North Sea fields have a finite life. Third, the nation can't go back to building new coal plants because of the U.K.'s commitments to cutting greenhouse gases.
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