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NIA comments on Wylfa project

11 January 2019

In response to speculation over the future of the the Wylfa site on Anglesey. Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association said:

“If the UK is going to decarbonise its power supply and meet our obligations to reduce carbon emissions, we need to replace the 20% of our electricity delivered by our low carbon, reliable, secure nuclear fleet, most of which will retire in the next decade. New nuclear is an integral part of a future decarbonised power supply, and to pretend otherwise is a combination of wishful thinking and wilful ignorance. For prolonged periods both this summer, in June and then again in December and the early days of January this year, wind produced less than 7.5% of our electricity demand. It is clear that proposing reliance on intermittent and variable sources of low carbon power alone will increase, not reduce, overall emissions.

“Wylfa is a strong site, with local support and the Horizon project would deliver 60 years of reliable, secure, low carbon power for homes, businesses and public services – with a strike price much below any offshore wind project generating power now, and the prospect of future strike prices equivalent to the lowest offshore wind auction bids – it is imperative that new nuclear at this site goes ahead.”

 

Notes to Editors

On the following days, wind produced less than 7.5% of our electricity demand, increasing our emissions as a result: 1 June 2018, 2 June 2018, 3 June 2018, 7 June 2018, 3 August 2018, 5 August 2018, 4 July 2018, 5 July 2018, 6 July 2018, 11 July 2018, 12 July 2018, 13 July 2018, 16 July 2018, 17 July 2018, 18 July 2018, 19 July 2018, 20 July 2018, 21 July 2018, 24 July 2018, 25 July 2018, 7 August 2018, 13 August 2018, 20 August 2018, 30 August 2018, 3 September 2018, 18 October 2018, 26 November 2018, 4 December 2018, 24 December 2018, 27 December 2018, 2 January 2019, 3 January 2019, 6 January 2019.