Nuclear plans could push up cost of energy bills

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The cost of creating a new fleet of nuclear power stations in the UK could push up energy bills for consumers, it has been claimed.

According to a report in the Times, both business and residential customers could be affected by the hike in electricity prices.

Pierre Gadonneix of the French energy firm EDF has called for a 20 per cent increase in the cost of consumer electricity to pay for the cost of building nuclear reactors in the coming years.

Nick Campbell, an energy analyst at Inenco, told the news provider that putting a stop to price hikes could have a negative impact on the energy industry.

He said: "This could be extremely detrimental for the future security of UK energy and lead to an increase in wholesale prices.

"The effect could ripple across the English Channel and lead to a delay or mothballing of EDF's four proposed UK nuclear reactors."

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