The sites are mainly where there have previously been nuclear power stations, and thus have support from locals, according to Mr Huhne.
He added that there would be investment in new nuclear as ‘an important part of our energy mix – along, of course, with coal and gas, as long as there is carbon capture and storage, and along with renewables.’
The Government would not subsidise the new nuclear power stations and
investors were ready to press ahead thanks to rising gas, oil and carbon
prices, the minister, who was previously thought to oppose building new nuclear power plants, added. Two weeks ago, Mr Huhne also gave his backing to more wind power, stating that is vital the UK becomes more independent in its energy supplies.
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