The government's nuclear ambitions were further revealed with publication of two documents alongside the White Paper last week.
A new consultation on nuclear power Our energy challenge: climate change and energy security was launched and a previously condential report on potential nuclear power station sites by Jackson Consult was also made public.
In the consultation document the government makes its position clear. 'The government believes that giving energy companies the option of investing in new nuclear power stations lowers the costs and risks associated with achieving our energy goals to tackle climate change and ensure energy security.' The Jackson report, commissioned by the Department of Trade & Industry, reveals nine existing nuclear sites that could support a new fleet of plants and suggests that former coal and gas sites could host new nuclear facilities (see map).