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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the minimum contribution of UK domestic electricity generation required to come from domestic nuclear power stations in order to meet the Government's emission reduction targets for (a) 2020, (b) 2030 and (c) 2050.
It is Government policy that new nuclear should be able to contribute as much as possible to the UK's need for new low carbon generation capacity. It is not the Government's intention to set targets or limits on any new electricity generating infrastructure to be consented in accordance with the Energy National Policy Statements.
‘The Carbon Plan: Delivering our Low Carbon Future’ (December 2011) sets out the Government's view on how the UK will achieve decarbonisation within our energy policy framework. There are many different ways to achieve decarbonisation of the power sector and it is impossible to predict which will be the most cost-effective route and what the power sector will look like in 2030 and beyond. Scenarios modelled in Carbon Plan suggest that around 40-70GW of new low carbon generating capacity will be needed by 2030, depending on demand and the mix of generation that is built. Depending on the assumed build rates, of this new capacity new nuclear contributed between 10-15 GW by 2030 in the scenarios modelled.