EDF has hailed parliament’s decision to ratify National Policy Statements for energy as a major step towards its nuclear power new build programme.
Yesterday, members of parliament voted in favour to formally ratify the National Policy Statement for Nuclear, alongside the other energy statements.
This vote follows decision to reform UK electricity market in favour of low carbon generation, including nuclear power, as outlined by a Government white paper published last week.
The statements also confirm the sites where stations could be built, including French energy firm’s preferred sites, at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk.
EDF group chairman and chief executive Henri Proglio said: “The UK parliament’s vote in favour of nuclear is an essential step for EDF Group and its new nuclear projects.
“Alongside its partner Centrica, EDF is therefore in a position to move forward its project to build new nuclear power stations, which will contribute to making the Group a reference point for electricity in tomorrow’s world and a leader in de-carbonised energy.”
Conservative MP Peter Lilley said he supported the development of new nuclear power plants given the lack of security offered by other renewable sources.
He said: “The sun does not come out at night, it doesn’t come out in the winter very often and it doesn’t come out when it’s cloudy. It is not available when most we need the energy. Wind is intermittent.”
He added that supporters of wind power as a primary energy source in the UK “are living in a dream world and harking back to the Middle Ages”.