WWF Scotland today (Thursday 22 September) welcomed reports that energy giant Scottish and Southern Energy is in talks to pull out of a consortium planning to build nuclear power plants in the UK, in order to concentrate on renewable energy.
The environmental group said that renewables were the better option and urged the other companies in the consortium, including ScottishPower’s owners Iberdrola, to end their nuclear power plans.
WWF Scotland’s Head of Policy, Dr Dan Barlow, said:
“We simply don’t need nuclear power to keep the lights on and so we’d warmly welcome it if SSE were to abandon its involvement in this expensive and dangerous technology.
“Pursuing a 100 per cent renewable future is the correct path to take and we’d encourage all the companies left in the consortium, including ScottishPower’s owners Iberdrola, to also consider abandoning their nuclear ambitions.
“Governments everywhere should be taking steps to end our reliance on both nuclear and fossil-fuels. Support for reducing energy demand and boosting clean renewables is the only sensible energy policy to be following. The whole of the UK should be following Scotland’s aim of generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
 SSE to abandon nuclear consortium, The Financial Times
The report says:
Scottish and Southern Energy is in talks to pull out of a consortium planning to build a nuclear power plant in the UK, as the company seeks to concentrate on renewable energy.
If confirmed, the company plans to sell its 25 per cent stake in the NuGen consortium to its existing partners, Iberdrola of Spain and GDF Suez of France, according to people familiar with the situation.
“A review of our involvement in new nuclear is currently under way. We expect to make an announcement shortly”, said a spokesman for SSE.
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