HC Deb 22 July 1980 vol 989 c139W
Miss Richardson

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many gigawatts of electricity are presently produced by nuclear power stations; and what is his Department's latest estimate of the amount of electricity which will be produced in this way by the year 2000.

Mr. Norman Lamont

In 1979, 34–6 terawatt hours (Twh 34,600 million units) were generated by United Kingdom public supply nuclear power stations with an output capacity of about 5–5 gigawatts. The amount generated in the future will depend on the nuclear capacity available at the time and the load factor achieved. When the AGR stations at present under construction and planned are completed generation could be about 65 Twh. With additional nuclear capacity as outlined in my statement of 18 December 1979 generation in the year 2000 could be about 140 Twh.