Hinkley Point B Power Station: Closures

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2019 to Question 226169 on Hinkley Point B Power Station: Closures, what plans the Government has to replace the 965 megawatts generation capacity of Hinkley Point B; and what the timescales are for implementing the replacement of that capacity.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Holding answer received on 14 March 2019

There are a range of options for replacing this capacity over the coming decades. This Government remains committed to delivering secure, low cost electricity to consumers. We agreed to the first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point C, which will provide 3.2 gigawatts of secure, low carbon electricity for at least 60 years and power nearly 6 million homes. We also procured over 3GW of offshore wind in a single Contract for Difference auction in our 2017 auction – at a price of £57.50 per megawatt hour.

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