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07 December 2017

WWF comments on new funding for "mini nuclear power stations"

Commenting on today’s announcement by the UK Government of £56 million of funding for new advanced and small modular reactors - “mini nuclear power stations”, Gareth Redmond-King, head of Energy and Climate at WWF said :

“At a time when the cost of large-scale nuclear is increasing, and the cost of renewables is plummeting, it is bewildering that the UK Government should be committing yet more money to new nuclear – only a matter of weeks after a freeze on renewables funding was announced.

“Small-scale nuclear is untried, untested technology which will deliver nothing for over two decades. Meanwhile, the next wave of offshore wind – not to mention onshore wind and solar – could deliver when we actually need them, during the 2020s.“

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