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Energy Policy Shake Up Must Support Nuclear and Gas

Monday, July 24, 2017

Greg Clarke must keep his feet nailed firmly to the floor and make urgent investment decisions to also support gas and new nuclear says GMB.

GMB, the Union for energy workers, has responded to a major Government shake up in UK energy policy. 

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, which the government says could save consumers in the UK billions of pounds. [1] 

GMB says while any move towards a coherent national strategy is welcome, Greg Clarke mustn’t lose sight of the fact gas and nuclear provide the lion’s share of our base energy needs now and into the future. 

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said:

"Progress along the road towards anything that might start to resemble a national industrial and energy policy for the UK is welcome. 

“What Greg Clarke must do however, is keep his feet nailed firmly to the floor. 

“That means as we expand support for crucial research into battery storage and cost-effective renewables we make urgent investment decisions to support gas and new nuclear so we have reliable base load capacity for all those times when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow. 

“The breakthrough in storage is still yet to come and wishful thinking alone won't make it happen." 


Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at 

Notes to Editors

[1] Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn' 

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