The department for business, enterprise and regulatory reform has launched a nuclear consultation roadshow to travel the country througout the summer.
The consultation will take longer then usual - the Government will want to avoid any of the mistakes made last time, when the last consultation was deemed to be 'seriously flawed' when examined by Mr Justice Sullivan, in an action brought by Greenpeace in February.
Twelve events will take place over the summer while 1,100 UK citizens will be quizzed in September in nine UK cities.
At the first event in Newcastle, energy minister Malcolm Wicks said, 'Keeping the lights on for the decades ahead while also cutting carbon emissions is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The Government's Energy White Paper sets out a range of responses, including increased energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage and more renewable generation such as offshore wind farms.
'The Government also believes that new nuclear power stations should be an option for energy companies in the future, but we want to consult as widely as possible on this before making a decision,' he said.
The consultation will run for 20 weeks in total, significantly longer than standard government consultations, part