Think tank urges more nuclear power in UK

Britain risks becoming too dependent on fossil fuels, states a new report by a domestic think tank.

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The UK will depend on oil and gas for an unnecessarily long time if it doesn't invest in new nuclear reactors to counteract the fluctuating energy generation usually entailed by renewables, according to a new report by British center-right think tank Centre for Policy Studies cited by Financial Times.

The report was funded by France's EDF, which operates all British atomic plants, and shows that wind and solar last year made up less than a fifth of the country's daily electricity needs in 82 cases. At times, they comprised no more than 5 percent, and at others, they covered two thirds.

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