Nuclear support could skew market reform

The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has savaged the government’s electricity market reforms as overly complex and implicitly favouring nuclear power over renewables.

Picture: Sizewell BThe government’s electricity market reforms are over-complex, too skewed towards nuclear plant and risk failing to attract the £110bn investment needed for new power generation plant by 2020 to meet binding carbon budgets, say MPs.

In its report into electricity market reform, the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee recognises the tight timescale for delivery of the government’s decarbonisation agenda.1 (ENDS Report 431, p 5) But it says the government will need to go back to the drawing board and come back with a more coherent, simplified package of reforms.

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