Energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey has dismissed suggestions the government wants to scrap the 2020 renewable energy target.
Responding to a Guardian article claiming the coalition is looking to shelve the plan, he said the UK is "100 per cent committed to the 2020 EU renewable energy target".
Mr Davey described the newspaper's article as "wholly wrong" to also suggest the UK wants nuclear power to be classified as renewable energy, stating "nuclear power is not a renewable technology, fact".
Nuclear has been in use in the UK for the past 50 years, but the Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates most existing power stations will have reached end-of-life by 2023.
Mr Davey added the government is committed to using other, renewable sources of energy, stating these "will play a key role in the future energy mix" and help the country meet its carbon targets.
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