Coalition's drive to shift the UK away from fossil fuels

Chancellor George Osborne announced last week that Chinese firms would be allowed to invest in civil nuclear projects in the UK - even potentially taking a majority stake.

The two reactors proposed for Hinkley are a key part of the coalition's drive to shift the UK away from fossil fuels towards low-carbon power.

Energy policy has shot up the agenda since the party conference season, when Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to freeze retail prices for 20 months.

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Nuclear deal given go-ahead

A deal to build Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation has been announced. The government has been in negotiations with EDF Energy over the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset for more than a year.