New Sizewell power station could add £6 to energy bills

Energy bills could rise by £6 a year under EDF plans to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell.
Sizewell A, B and C modelImage copyrightEDF
Image caption Sizewell C (light grey on right) would be built north of the existing Sizewell B plant

Energy bills could go up by a few pounds a year to pay for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk.

That is if a new financing plan being considered by ministers goes ahead.

It is understood the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Treasury will shortly issue a consultation document on the new scheme.

Backers of the plan say it would help bring the cost of nuclear power closer to current market rates.

One new nuclear plant is under construction in the UK – EDF is building a pressurised-water reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset. However, the price of the power it will generate has drawn severe criticism.