Act now to avert energy shortfall

Act now to avert power shortages says Prospect

The union representing 21,000 members working in nuclear decommissioning and energy supply is calling for action to encourage investment in new energy infrastructure or risk a shortfall in supply.

Commenting on today's warning from energy regulator Ofgem, that consumers are likely to face increasing energy costs, Garry Graham, Prospect Deputy General Secretary said:

"The warnings from Ofgem serve to underline the importance of the government delivering a long term energy policy for the UK which ensures that supply meets demand. Ensuring capacity, security of supply and a long-term carbon reduction are the key principles that must underpin this policy.

"Prospect is committed to an appropriate energy mix for the UK, including gas and renewables, but it is undoubtedly the case that nuclear and nuclear new build will be pivotal in underpinning our energy needs for the future.

"Now is not the time for brinkmanship. The government needs to be bold in providing the assurances needed to enable the stable platform to encourage the long term investment vital for nuclear new build and energy generation for the future."