The Prime Minister has made it clear that nuclear has a big role in our future generation mix, the network companies are directly enabling this role
Nuclear power already provides a valuable cornerstone to our generation mix. The baseload of clean power it can generate is central to many models of what the power sector looks like in 2050. With much of the nuclear fleet coming towards the end of its service life, the Government and generators are exploring avenues for new projects.
The energy networks use the baseload generation nuclear provides for a number of grid services, and will rely on nuclear even more for them in the future. Doing so will help keep a high renewables system stable.
Network companies are building the infrastructure for Hinkley Point C and will similarly do so for any new plant, like Sizewell C or the proposed fleet of small modular reactors.
About Energy Networks Association
We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.
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