Energy secretary says UK can still complete construction on new nuclear power plants fast enough to have them running by 2020
The UK can still complete construction on new nuclear power plants fast enough to have them running by 2020, energy secretary Ed Davey, has said.
The government had planned to have the UKs first wave of nuclear power plants in decades coming on line in 2017 but the timetable has slipped as the programme has been hit with multiple delays.
Speaking before the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on Tuesday, Davey rejected speculation that there would now be no new nuclear power until 2023.
He said: “We are still hopeful we could see new nuclear generating in maybe 2020, 2021.”
Davey said that efforts to agree a price for the nuclear electricity from EDF’s Hinkley Point C development were going “incredibly well”.
He added: “I’m not going to say it will definitely be there [in 2020] because we haven’t signed a deal yet.”