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.
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.