Chris Huhne calls for nuclear power to move forward

20 Oct 2010
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Chris Huhne calls for nuclear power to move forward

The UK energy and climate change secretary has called for nuclear power to play a greater role in meeting the country's energy needs.

According to Chris Huhne, new investments in renewable energy are required in order to replace the power generating facilities which are set to close down in the coming years.

He announced eight possible sites which could house nuclear power plants, at the same time as revealing the government will not move forward with a planned hydroelectricity facility at the Severn Estuary.

"I am making clear that new nuclear will be free to contribute as much as possible with the onus on developers to pay for the clean-up," he said.

But Mr Huhne claimed that the Severn Estuary may yet play a large part in the UK's renewable energy future.

One of the biggest nuclear power stations currently in operation in Britain is located at Hartlepool and can provide power for as many as 1.5 million homes. 

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