The government yesterday held a series of public consultations in Cardiff to gather the views of interested parties on the future of nuclear energy.
According to The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR), the events were targeted at stakeholders including environmental groups, energy companies, businesses, consumer groups, unions, faith groups and academics.
The meetings formed the latest step in the government’s ongoing programme of nationwide consultative events discussing the country’s future energy needs.
Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks said: ‘Keeping the lights on for the decades ahead while also cutting carbon emissions is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The government’s Energy White Paper sets out a range of responses, including increased energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage and more renewable generation such as offshore wind farms.
‘The government also believes that new nuclear power stations should be an option for energy companies in the future, but we want to consult as widely as possible on this before making a decision.’
A consultation document, ‘The Future of Nuclear Power’, was published on 23 May, setting out over more than 200 pages the range of issues relating to nuclear power and asks for responses to 18 key questions by 10 October.