The prime minister has described Britain's cheap electricity generating capacity as "clapped-out".
According to the Telegraph, David Cameron said Britain's generating capacity is "pumping carbon into the atmosphere and we need to replace it".
Speaking at the Building Research Estate, Mr Cameron commented: ''What we want is green, reliable, cheap electricity, and we're not leaving that to chance. We're setting out policies today that will deliver that.
''They'll also have the spin-off advantage of helping to make Britain one of the greenest places for green energy, for green electricity, for green investment and crucially for green jobs anywhere in the world.''
The prime minister also insisted that while the updates will have to be paid for by someone, in the longer term it will be "good for consumers" to have a generating capacity that is green, safe, reliable and cheap.
His comments come after climate change and energy secretary Chris Huhne rejected claims that investing in clean power plants could cause household energy bills to rocket as "completely bonkers".
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