Government energy review says nuclear power stations would reduce carbon emissions and reduce reliance on imported energy

The Government has given the go-ahead for a ‘new generation’ of nuclear power stations across the UK.

The go-ahead was given as part of the Government’s proposals to reinforce the UK’s long-term energy policy following the conclusion of its Energy Review.

Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling outlined plans desinged to reduce the demand for energy, secure a mix of clean, low carbon energy sources and to streamline the planning process for energy projects.

Speaking to MPs, Mr Darling said nuclear power needs to be part of the UK’s energy market in the coming 30 to 40 years.

He said: "Our analysis suggests that, alongside other low carbon generating options, a new generation of nuclear power stations could make a contribuition to reducing carbon emissions and reducing our reliance on imported energy."

A consultation on measures to facilitate new nuclear power stations has also been launched today.

The consultation will consider streamlining the licensing process and clarifying the strategy on decomissioning and waste.

An Energy White Paper outlining the measures is expected to be published at the end of the year.