By Jarret Adams
The United Kingdom plans to build a fleet of new nuclear power plants to replace their aging reactors and meet the nation’s climate change goals, William Hague, U.K. Foreign Minister said Monday in New York.
“We have decided in Britain to build a new generation of nuclear power stations,” Hague told the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.K. government made this decision to reduce its carbon emissions and increase the nation’s energy security. Like France and other European nations, Britain must depend on imported energy sources to generate electricity.
France’s decision to invest heavily in nuclear energy has paid high dividends: today it has among the lowest CO2 emissions per capita and lowest electricity prices.
AREVA has signed preliminary agreements to supply four EPR™ reactors in the United Kingdom, and the reactor is under going design certification with the U.K. authorities.