The strategy, which aims to boost UK energy independence and tackle rising prices, also includes plans to increase wind, hydrogen and solar production.
Consumers are facing soaring energy bills after the Russian invasion of Ukraine pushed gas prices even higher.
Under the UK government’s new plans, up to 95% of the UK’s electricity could come from low-carbon sources by 2030.
It outlines, for example, the hope of producing up to 50 gigawatts (GW) of energy through offshore wind farms, which the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) said would be more than enough to power every home in the UK.
The government’s energy strategy has been much-delayed, with one of the big points of contention reported to have been the construction of onshore wind turbines.
Key points of the new energy strategy:
No new nuclear power stations will be built in Scotland as part of the UK government’s plans to boost energy independence, it has been confirmed.
UK ministers want to install eight new reactors at existing sites to help reduce reliance on oil and gas.
But the Scottish government is opposed to nuclear energy and could block any new developments via planning powers.
Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said there were “no plans to impose nuclear reactors in Scotland” in future.
His Scottish counterpart Michael Matheson said the focus should instead be on accelerating the decarbonisation of the network and ramping up investment in energy efficiency.