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19 Oct 2010 12:10:05

Chris Huhne reiterates renewable energy plans

Chris Huhne reiterates renewable energy plans
Renewable sources will provide more than half of new generating capacity installed in the UK between now and 2025.

Secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne announced a draft revised policy statement yesterday (October 18th), in which he proposed eight possible sites for new nuclear power stations.

"New nuclear will be free to contribute as much as possible with the onus on developers to pay for the clean-up," he said.

Mr Huhne confirmed that a government subsidy will not be provided for the construction of these plants, but expressed frustration at the "stand-off between advocates of renewables and of nuclear which means we have neither".

As expected, the energy secretary also confirmed that the Severn tidal barrage project will not go ahead, stating that there is "no strategic case" to offer public funding for such a project.

The 10-mile long barrage would have been capable of generating up to five percent of the UK's electricity.

"However, with a rich natural marine energy resource, world leading tidal energy companies and universities, and the creation of the innovative Wave Hub facility, the area can play a key role in supporting the UK's renewable energy future," he added. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800123401-ADNFCR

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