A new generation of nuclear power stations

Meet the people on the ground at our new power station, and discover how we’re building a brighter future.

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A new generation of nuclear power stations

Meet the people on the ground at our new power station, and discover how we’re building a brighter future.

The energy challenge ahead

The UK urgently needs new investment in energy infrastructure to replace old and polluting electricity generation sources. Since 2010 26 power stations have closed, which equates to 20% of the UK’s generation capacity. By 2030 a further 35% of existing generation capacity will close down. We’re committed to providing a clean, secure and reliable solution to this problem, and we believe nuclear power has an important role to play. Nuclear is the most affordable large-scale, low carbon energy source available to the UK. 

Hinkley Point C: A new kind of power station

We’re investing in the next generation of nuclear power stations. Hinkley Point C in Somerset is the first of these developments. Once finished, it should provide electricity to over 5 million homes for the next 60 years.

But we know that to really succeed, it takes much more than bricks and mortar. Any nuclear power station depends on a huge team of dedicated and skilled people. There’s a need for more scientists and engineers in the UK, along with the the promotion of subjects like science and engineering in our schools to nurture homegrown talent.

Read on to find out how we’re investing in the people who will power the future of UK energy.

Children taking part in a game at the EDF Energy visitors centre

Science in the classroom

In a world where climate change is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges the next generation will face, it’s never too young to learn about the importance of sustainability. Our award-winning schools initiatives, the Hinkley Point C Inspire Education Programme and The Pod are bringing important topics like energy, waste transport, biodiversity and climate change to life for the next generation. And they do this through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Children connecting wires in a game at the EDF Energy visitors centre

“As a child I always used to play with toy cars instead of Barbie dolls, and that helped develop my interest in engineering.” Amy Edmundson, Engineering Maintenance Apprentice

Inspiring the next generation

We’re investing in the Inspire Education Programme – helping schools bridge a national skills gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (also known as STEM subjects).

School girl completing a task at the EDF energy visitors centre

“Children in the classroom today could be in the control room of Hinkley Point C in ten years.”
Andrew Cockcroft, Community Relations Manager for Hinkley Point C

Here come the girls

We believe that attracting and retaining female talent is vital to the long-term success of the energy industry. That's why we've developed a programme that aims to spark the imagination of 11-16 year old girls, encouraging them to pursue STEM subjects at schoaol and in their careers. Find out about our #PrettyCurious programme. 

Two build engineers in a field
Two build engineers in a field

Hand in hand with the environment

“Sustainability, in all its facets, is not just integral to our business. It is our business. It is our strategy. And it is our future.” Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive

Developments like Hinkley Point C create countless opportunities for skills, jobs and education. But it’s no secret that they can also create some upheaval. As a company, we have a vital responsibility to protect and add to the environment around us both now and into the future.

We’re currently providing grants to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals in the Greater Quantock area. These grants will help fund projects like tree planting, woodland management and dry stone wall restoration. We’re also playing our part to help wildlife thrive, for example we’re creating 13 half acres of bat foraging grassland and safely relocating badgers away from our construction site.

What does the future hold?

We’ve always been clear that Hinkley Point C is much more than a power station. It’s about making a real difference to people’s lives through jobs, investments in skills and a stable supply of low carbon electricity for the future.

It’s hard to predict exactly what the future will look like in 60 years. But we’re confident that we’ll have done our bit to build a better and brighter future for everyone in the UK.