In 1956, the UK became the first country in the world to generate nuclear power commercially and the Coalition Government has repeatedly asserted that nuclear energy has an important role to play in future to assist in delivering its long term objective of a secure, low carbon, affordable, energy future.
Nuclear is a classed as a mature technology but due to the Government’s low-carbon objectives it is eligible for the FiT CfD contracts which are being introduced by the Energy Bill to support new generators being built (see the Electricity Market Reform section for more information).
In light of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the UK’s Chief Nuclear Inspector was requested by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to report on the implications of this event on the UK nuclear industry. The report concluded that there was no reason to curtail nuclear power generation in the UK but emphasized the importance of decommissioning of former nuclear sites.
Nuclear regulation is also covered by the Energy Bill. It places the interim Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) on a statutory footing as the body to regulate the safety and security of the next generation of nuclear power plants. The legislation brings together all of the ONR functions under one piece of legislation to establish and sustain a modern independent nuclear regulator.
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We believe that nuclear power has an important role as part of a diverse energy mix in a low carbon UK economy. However, it is important that it pays its own way and is not a burden on the tax payer. In light of the Fukushima accident, we also support the decision to perform ‘stress tests’ at European nuclear stations.
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