Energy secretary Chris Huhne could have a fight on his hands as he sets out plans to derive cheap energy supplies from nuclear power.
The Independent reports that the minister faces opposition from fellow Liberal Democrat MPs as he unveils proposals to build eight new power stations in a bid to secure cheap energy for the future.
A surge of investment in new energy sources is necessary if Britain is to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and move towards energy security, Mr Huhne noted.
"I'm fed up with the stand-off between advocates of renewables and of nuclear, which means we have neither," he stated.
"We urgently need investment in new and diverse energy sources to power the UK."
He also made clear that energy need would inform revisions of the planning process, so that energy suppliers will not face unnecessary hold-ups if they wish to invest in large-scale projects.
New nuclear "will be free to contribute as much as possible", he explained, adding that the onus will be on developers to fund the clean-up.
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