From Sky News:
Nuclear 'Won't Meet Needs':
The Government's plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations will not meet Britain's growing demand for electricity, according to a committee of MPs.
More nuclear power stations could be built in future years
The Environmental Audit Committee said the UK needed to build more gas-fired power stations to avoid widespread energy shortages.
It said Britain could otherwise face widespread electricity blackouts, and more gas-fired stations were needed sooner, not later.
Almost a quarter of the country's current generating capacity is due to be decommissioned by 2016.
And the committee said there was not time to wait for the new nuclear power stations.
It also warned that the need to cut damaging greenhouse gas emissions meant the era of cheap energy was coming to an end as old fossil fuels were replaced by cleaner technologies.
The Government's energy review, due later this year, is widely expected to recommend a return to nuclear power generation in what the committee said would be a "major U-turn" in policy.
However with the first of any new nuclear plants not coming on stream until 2017 at the earliest, the committee said the country would still face a "generating gap".
"Over the next nine years, therefore, very substantial investment in new generating capacity and energy efficiency will be required if the lights are to stay on," it said.
The committee said the shortfall would have to be met through an extensive programme of new gas-fired power stations.
This would have to be supplemented by a significant growth in renewable energy sources such as wind power.