Britain’s nuclear ambition must make way for renewable energy, warns commission

Britain’s first independent infrastructure review has warned against plans to invest billions of pounds in new nuclear power stations in favour of cheaper wind and solar power. The National Infrastructure Commission has warned ministers against striking a deal for more than one follow-up to the Hinkley Point C project before 2025. Instead, billions of pounds should be funnelled into renewable power and energy efficiency measures for homes and businesses.Sir John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, said by holding off on multiple, pricey nuclear deals ministers can “protect the money in the pockets of consumers”. The cost of renewable technologies has plummeted in recent years, casting doubt on the economic merits of nuclear projects.

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