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Energy NPS ready 'next month'

The National Policy Statement for Britain’s energy needs is expected: “at the earliest possible date” in November, said energy minister David Kidney.

Speaking at the a conference to discuss new nuclear power in the UK, organised by business body the CBI, Kidney would not give a specific date for the NPS.

The first applications to the newly-formed Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) are dominated by energy applications.

The IPC would consider applications against the requirements set out in National Policy Statements before making a formal decision. It can also refer decisions to the relevant secretary of state.

NCE understands that the statement will be the generic energy statement, and will not include specific statements on nuclear, fossil fuels, renewables, etc.

A source has told NCE that the statement is reputed to run to 4,500 pages of text.

NPS:

  • Renewable energy
  • Fossil fuels
  • Oil and gas supply and storage
  • Electricity networks
  • Power lines
  • Generic energy statement
  • Ports
  • Transport networks
  • Aviation
  • Waste water
  • Hazardous waste
  • Water supply

 

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