Progress on Nuclear Energy Sourcing

The government has published draft legislation today (March 25th) which could allow for the creation of new nuclear power generators.

According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the legislation will improve the regulation of civil energy.

Lord Hunt, minister of state for energy, commented: "We've made a decision that nuclear power should be part of our future energy mix but issues around safety and security will be of paramount importance.

"That's why we're laying the groundwork for a new independent body that is focused on and dedicated to ensuring the safe operation of new nuclear in the UK."

The energy statistics for 2009 were also released by the department today.

Results showed that between 2008 and 2009 the amount of electricity supplied by nuclear power stations rose by 31.8 per cent.

Coal and gas supplied the majority of electricity, although there was an increase in the amount sourced from renewables.

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