Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE’s Chief Executive, thinks the UK has enough “credible” energy projects in the pipeline to cope if the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station isn’t built.

Writing on the Politics Home website, Phillips-Davies said: “I have absolutely no idea what will happen to Hinkley Point C and whether it will be taken forward or not.

“For me though, its significance to the UK’s needs for secure, modern supplies of electricity has been repeatedly overplayed.  

“Whilst it is undoubtedly true that we need new, cleaner technology to replace the older power stations coming off the system, there are enough credible alternatives out there which can be built in time to deliver the balanced energy mix we need, and a policy framework which can deliver the necessary investment.”

He pointed to projects including the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, two new gas-fired power stations in Lincolnshire and Wales, and to demand-side response as alternative options.

£250m contracts awarded

French power company EDF Energy took its final investment decision to proceed with the project earlier this month.

But within hours the UK Government said it was reviewing the plans before giving its support.

Despite having not received the final go-ahead from ministers, EDF last week awarded contracts relating to the station worth £250 million.

> See SSE's statement