In reaction to Britain importing emergency power supplies from Europe on Wednesday and coal power stations being warmed up for third time this week to avoid blackouts, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“These are increasingly concerning times for the security of our electricity supplies. Repeated warnings over tight supply margins, the scale of power imports and emergency measures being taken, demonstrate that you cannot offshore energy security.

“For long term energy security, we need to urgently get on with a programme of new nuclear capacity to provide secure, reliable, clean power for the future. The failure to do so a generation ago has left us in this increasingly precarious position and repeating past mistakes will leave the UK over-exposed to the variability of some power sources and the volatility of dirty fossil fuel prices.”


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