EU Energy Policy

UK energy at crossroads after Wylfa suspension

Uncertainty over nuclear power in the UK may have boosted the prospects for gas-to-power, but attracting new investment in gas-fired plants will not be straightforward Uncertainty over nuclear power in the UK may have boosted the prospects for gas-to-power, but attracting new investment in gas-fired plants will not be straightforward.
By Andreas Walstad 24 January 2019 0 33870
Dungeness nuclear power station in the UK. (PA)

The key issue: Hitachi’s decision to suspend the planned Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in Wales has left a hole in the UK’s future generation capacity that must be filled with low-carbon alternatives.

The future of nuclear power in the UK is hanging in the balance as a result of Hitachi’s cancellation of its proposed 2.76 GW Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant. The decision follows Toshiba’s cancellation of the 3.8 GW Moorside nuclear project in Cumbria in November 2018, while uncertainty surrounds EDF’s...