More nuclear power stations in the east?

The East leads the way in offshore wind energy. Credit: ITV Anglia

The government is setting out its plans for the future of our windfarms and nuclear power stations when the Draft Energy Bill is unveiled in the House of Commons today.

Energy Secretary, Edward Davey is announcing - as part of the draft legislation - plans to reform the energy market which the Department of Energy and Climate Change says "will benefit consumers, investors, the environment and economy."

It could be big news for our region, which leads the way in offshore wind energy. There could be scope in the draft legislation for the building of new nuclear power stations at Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex as well.

Meanwhile, energy giant, EDF is in talks with the nuclear regulator about extending the life of its power stations, including Sizewell in Suffolk.

The firm, which runs eight nuclear power stations in the UK is working with the Office for Nuclear Regulation regarding the "the extension of the operational lifetime of their existing fleet of nuclear power reactors", the ONR said.

As it stands, Sizewell is already due to continue operating past 2023, according to EDF's website.