EDF Energy’s response to the Government’s Nuclear Sector Deal
In response to the Government's Nuclear Sector Deal announced today, an EDF Energy spokesperson said:
“Today’s announcement recognises the vital role nuclear plays in the UK as part of a low carbon energy mix and as a major source of jobs, skills and industrial strength. The new power station EDF Energy and CGN are building at Hinkley Point C is leading the nuclear renaissance, generating huge economic benefits for the South West and helping to make the UK more competitive by boosting nuclear industry skills and expertise. By replicating the design at Sizewell C in Suffolk and exploring new financing options, we believe we can significantly reduce costs in line with the aims set out in the Nuclear Sector Deal. We continue to work hard to increase opportunities for women in the nuclear industry. We have already boosted the proportion of STEM apprentices we employ and have several programmes in place to support career progression for women at all levels.”
EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.
It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.
EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.
The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.
The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.
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