The director of the Centre of Nuclear Excellence said that Cumbria’s nuclear plan started a decade later than it should have. Paul Howarth, speaking at the Northern Powerhouse International Conference, said that fears of a shortage in energy supply reinforced the idea that Cumbria’s nuclear energy generation was coming too late. Mr Howarth was part of an open discussion on “Powering the Northern Powerhouse” and looking at energy generation in the region and the need for a mixture of industries and technologies. Mr Howarth said: “One of the reasons energy supply is getting tight is because we’re shutting off our generation one plants as they reach the end of their life, and while we’re looking to extend the life of the generation two plants we’ve not got enough of the third generation. “We’re starting our generation three programme 10 years too late. We should have these reactors on the bars now and we wouldn’t have the shortfall that we’re seeing and the spikes in energy prices.
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