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Nuclear Power Stations

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential impact on the price of electricity of proposals by energy companies to build new nuclear power stations. (225497)

The Department published an analysis of the cost of nuclear power compared with alternative forms of generation as part of the 2006 Energy Review. The analysis is available at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file39525.pdf.

It showed that nuclear is the cheapest low carbon generation option and will help us to meet our carbon dioxide reduction targets at least cost.

The analysis did not cover the impact of new nuclear power stations on the price of electricity. This is determined by a variety of factors in the wholesale market, in particular the marginal source of generation, which is usually a fossil fuel generator.