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Energy minister says no to new nuclear plants


ENERGY MINISTER Mike O'Brien slammed the door on building any new nuclear power stations in the UK at the Labour Party conference last week.

'We do not propose any new nuclear build and if we do change our position on this there will be a full consultation and a White Paper, ' he said.

However, he did say that nuclear power will continue to provide an essential power source in the coming decades.

O'Brien was given the energy portfolio in the August reshuffle, taking over responsibility from Stephen Timms.

Instead of new nuclear stations O'Brien told delegates that the government hopes to see more renewable sources of energy enter the market place, including micro-generation.

Micro-generation involves small scale electricity generation devices being used to supplement household power supplies.

'In 20 years time we may find that supply into homes is from a windmill on the roof or solar panels, ' he said.

'But this means we have to think differently and attitudes will have to change, ' he said.

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