Today is a huge day for Ynys Môn and I couldn’t be more pleased to see the Wylfa site specifically mentioned in this ground breaking and brilliant strategy to boost clean energy and give the UK the energy security it needs.
The news of a new government body setting to work immediately with the sole aim of bringing forward new nuclear projects, backed by substantial funding, is exactly what I have campaigned for as the MP for this wonderful island and as the Chair of the Nuclear Delivery Group. I am absolutely thrilled.
My stated aim has always been to bring jobs and investment to Ynys Môn and this is the Holy Grail as far as I am concerned – putting this island back at the heart of the nuclear industry where it belongs and where islanders want it to be.
But there is more for the Energy Isle to savour in this strategy. Hydrogen, solar and offshore wind are all huge opportunities for us on Anglesey in the decades to come.
There have been announcements and optimism before but this is different. The UK Government is showing its commitment and ambition to a wholesale change in how we power our nation with big nuclear and SMRs front and centre.
It will require drive and there will be problems to solve and opportunities to grasp. The journey continues but I am confident we are now entering a new stage and one full of hope and optimism that the jobs and investment our island needs are now just around the corner and the possibilities are endless.