UK review sets sights on cleaner energy

Hopes for low-carbon future pinned on boost for nuclear, renewables and energy efficiency

In a closely watched move, the UK government gave a green light to new nuclear power stations on Tuesday.  The shift came in a major review of energy policy targeting big cuts in fossil carbon emissions and long-term energy security.  The review also includes new measures to boost energy efficiency and to increase electricity generation from renewables.

According to the government, things have changed since 2003, when a previous energy review put off decisions on nuclear.  It wants the private sector to take the commercial risks.  What the review does is to signal the government’s support and to promise a range of actions to reduce barriers to new build.

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