Johnson announces aim for UK to get 25% of electricity from nuclear power

(The Guardian, 21 Mar 2022) PM meets industry bosses to discuss new power stations, with several reactors slated for closure as energy demand rises.

Boris Johnson has told nuclear industry bosses that the government wants the UK to get 25% of its electricity from nuclear power, in a move that would signal a significant shift in the country’s energy mix.

Johnson on Monday met executives from major nuclear utilities and technology companies including the UK’s Rolls-Royce, France’s EDF, and the US’s Westinghouse and Bechtel to discuss ways of helping to speed up the development of new nuclear power stations.

The UK generates about 16% of its power from nuclear power stations, but several reactors are slated for closure, while electricity demand is expected to rise steadily in the next decade. That would mean large investments in new power stations would be required just to keep the share of nuclear constant, let alone increase it to a record level of just over a quarter of electricity use.

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The Guardian, 21 Mar 2022: Johnson announces aim for UK to get 25% of electricity from nuclear power