Suffolk’s major role as energy producer expected to accelerate in pursuit of carbon net zero. Energy bosses say Suffolk’s role at the “epicentre” of the industry is expected to accelerate in the years to come. Simon Gray, chief executive at East of England Energy Group said there was a growing demand for clean energy, to meet net zero targets, which would require substantially more offshore wind. Consultation on round four of EDF Energy’s Sizewell C nuclear power station, ended in September – with a DCO submission expected early next year. EDF says Sizewell C is needed to “deliver the low carbon electricity the country needs to its climate commitments”. “In the future, all electricity needs to be low carbon. The Committee on Climate Change states the UK needs around 40% of the low carbon electricity to be reliable (or “firm”) – available on demand, even when the wind is still or in the dark of winter,” a spokesman added. “Today, the only proven “firm” and large scale low carbon technology is nuclear and it is still the largest source of low carbon electricity in the UK.” If approved, the dual reactor would be far larger than its predecessors – producing 3,340MW, equivalent to around 7% of the UK’s energy and enough for six million homes.
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