Thank you for contacting me about nuclear power and Hinkley Point C.
The UK needs a reliable and secure energy supply and the Government still believes that nuclear energy is an important part of the mix. It is important to note that this will not come at the expense of investment in renewable energies, but as part of an overall strategy to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.
More than £52bn has been invested in renewables since 2010, with the two largest offshore windfarms in the world being built in the UK during this time. Likewise, Government support for the solar industry has seen 99% of all solar deployment taking place since 2010.
Following a comprehensive review of the Hinkley Point C project, and a revised agreement with EDF, the Government has decided to proceed with the first new nuclear power station for a generation. However, Ministers will impose a new legal framework for future foreign investment in Britain’s critical infrastructure, which will include nuclear energy and apply after Hinkley.
I appreciate your concern however and as part of my role on the Environmental Audit Committee, I will continue to monitor the Government’s policy and performance on the environment, and challenge ministers.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me; as always, if I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.