Today the International Energy Agency published a new report underlining the vital role for nuclear in making the low carbon transition possible. The report, which can be found here, explores the role nuclear power currently plays, the potential impact of less investment in nuclear and why it is important to support the construction of new reactors.
EDF Energy is replacing the UK’s existing nuclear power stations by building Hinkley Point C in Somerset and we have plans to build a near identical station at Sizewell C. It would save 9m tonnes of Co2 a year and deliver power to 6m homes.
Currently in operation, Sizewell B nuclear power station will be switched off for planned refuelling and maintenance work this week, marking a run of 485 days of continuous low carbon electricity production since its last planned refuel. The station provides enough electricity for around 2.5m homes or 3% of the UK’s electricity needs.
The Suffolk plant has helped power the UK during the recent long coal-free run. Alongside renewables and other nuclear stations, Sizewell B’s reliable supply will play an increasingly important role in helping the UK reach net-zero emissions as unabated fossil fuels like coal and gas are retired.