The Parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising the new draft NPS have issued their report this week. It concludes that they do not believe that new nuclear can be switched on in time to avoid a dash for gas.
The committee also doubt that the Government can deliver a long term Geological Disposal Facility to receive new nuclear waste before 2130.
As SANE have said all along new nuclear is never going to fill the energy gap, it is a distraction to getting on with the cheaper and more viable renewables.
We have always said they will never get a GDF ready to receive the waste quickly enough and this community will be forced in to hosting it for 150 years plus.
New nuclear is not the answer to filling the energy gap with low carbon technology.
"MPs 'sceptical' that nuclear power stations will be built on time
Energy companies are unlikely to build all the UK's planned nuclear power stations on time, according to an influential committee of MPs.
The Energy Committee said it was "sceptical" that Britain's target of switching on two nuclear power stations a year between 2020 and 2025 would be reached.
The UK needs a huge number of new nuclear power stations to make up for the coal-fired stations being switched off over the next decade. However, the committee warned that the Coalition's new planning system did not appear to be capable of making sure the 12 new stations are located in the right places to be linked up to the electricity grid.
"Hooking up this amount of nuclear and other generation to the national grid poses an unprecedented challenge," said Tim Yeo, its chairman. "Two plants a year is a very high target to reach. The [system] lacks any real framework for coordinating the process of siting and linking up the new power stations."
The MPs' report also cast doubt on current plans to make sure there is a deep hole for disposing of radioactive waste within 110 years. It called on the Government to insist that there are sufficient interim ways of storing the material before allowing new plants to be built."