A potential new nuclear reactor at Sellafield in west Cumbria could help alleviate fuel poverty by reinvigorating the local economy.
Sellafield is one of several sites being considered for nuclear redevelopment in order to safeguard the UK's energy future and eventually offer cheap energy rates. Gordon Brown recently visited the site to demonstrate the government's commitment to nuclear energy.
If Sellafield is chosen to benefit from a new reactor the local economy is expected to benefit from a £2 billion boost while the construction phase will create 9,000 jobs.
Mr Brown said: "Nuclear is crucial to our low carbon future; it is crucial to our energy security and at the same time it represents a massive opportunity for the UK economy and jobs."
The government plans to have a new generation of nuclear reactors operational in the UK within the next ten years or so.
Major energy supplier EDF recently bought the government's stake in nuclear provider British Energy and will take control of nuclear redevelopment in the UK.
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