Reacting to the opening of the Future Nuclear Enabling Fund for funding applications, Tom Greatrex , Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:
“The Future Nuclear Enabling Fund is designed to help kickstart a major new programme of nuclear construction, bringing attractive sites like Wylfa into play. To meet commitments for secure, reliable and price predictable green energy, then we will need to build more capacity than Sizewell C – a vision of up to 24 GW by 2050 means both a fleet of modular reactors and further large-scale power stations. It is vital that the UK Government maintains momentum: give nuclear the green label, press on with a fleet, and laying the foundations of our energy security for the next century.”
Notes to editors:
- The UK has five generating nuclear power stations, providing around 16% of the country’s electricity from 5.9 GW of capacity.
- Two further stations will retire by March 2024, and all but one will retire by March 2028.
- Hinkley Point C, the only new nuclear power station under construction in the UK, is due to begin generating in 2027.
- Nuclear has saved the UK 2.3 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, far more than any other source. The saving is equivalent to all UK emissions from 2015 through 2020.
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