Nuclear sites get the all clear

NUCLEAR POWER expansion got the go-ahead from the government yesterday, after energy secretary Ed Miliband named 10 approved sites in England and Wales for future power stations.<br /><br />Miliband said the list includes German utility RWE&rsquo;s plans for Kirksanton, a site in Cumbria, which currently has no nuclear facilities. But he rejected EDF Energy&rsquo;s proposal for a new plant at Dungeness in Kent.<br /><br />Three other sites, at Kingsnorth in the south, and Owston Ferry and Druridge Bay, both in the northeast, could also be suitable for new nuclear plants after 2025, Miliband said.<br /><br />And construction at one of the sites will be fast-tracked so that it is able to provide energy by 2018. <br /><br />&ldquo;The new sites are such an attractive proposition because they provide a low carbon energy solution and security of supply to a country which relies heavily on Europe,&rdquo; David Simpson, energy partner at KPMG said. <br /><br />&ldquo;Miliband&rsquo;s announcement is great news for Britain, but there are a lot of obstacles to overcome,&rdquo; he added.<br /><br />The minister said in his speech yesterday that nuclear energy was &ldquo;proven and reliable,&rdquo; despite opposition from green groups.<br /><br />Meanwhile, the Tories hit out at the announcement, saying the expansion of nuclear had come ten years too late. <br /><br />&ldquo;Every one of the measures contained in this statement should have been brought&hellip; when they had the chance to secure the investments that are so desperately needed to keep the lights on, keep prices down and cut carbon emissions,&rdquo; shadow energy secretary Greg Clark said.<br /><br />All bar one of the UK&rsquo;s existing nuclear plants are set to shut by 2023.