By Kate Allen and Katie Carnie.
As the FT’s new interactive graphic shows, the UK’s reliance on nuclear energy is a vital part of its energy policy. With many plants due to shut down in the coming years, Hitachi’s deal to buy the Horizon plant is a welcome step. But aside from nuclear, where does the rest of the UK’s power come from?
Historically, Britain was reliant on coal until the North Sea oil fields were opened up. Nuclear then became a major source in the 1980s, and in recent years the use of natural gas has stepped up considerably – again making the most of its considerable territorial reserves.