23 Jun 11

EDF Energy response to today’s publication of the National Policy Statements for Energy




EDF Energy response to today’s publication of the National Policy Statements for Energy


This is a key step in the planning process for all types of energy infrastructure. ‪


We now look forward to the Parliamentary vote to ratify the National Policy Statements before summer recess.


‪‪On that vote, we are encouraged to note the broad cross-party support on the need for new nuclear, which has been re-stated by senior politicians from all the main parties in recent weeks. (see Notes) ‪


‪We also look forward to publication of a White Paper on Electricity Market Reform before recess. ‪


These steps are important as we and our partner Centrica progress plans for new build at Hinkley Point and Sizewell. As we do so, safety is our number one priority.


‪In turn, that will drive growth in jobs, rejuvenate the UK supply chain and help drive economic recovery.


‪NOTES‪


Prime Minister David Cameron MP said in Prime Minister’s Questions: “I do think that nuclear power should be part of the mix in future as it is part of the mix right now.” ‪


Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne MP said in response to the interim Weightman Report on 18th May in Parliament: “We want to see new nuclear as part of a low carbon energy mix going forward, provided there is no public subsidy.”


‪Also in response to the Weightman interim report, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Meg Hillier MP said: “Nuclear is clearly crucial to security of supply in a low-carbon economy.