Plans by the UK to reopen talks over a new large-scale nuclear plant were slammed as a “dangerous distraction” by a major renewable energy developer, as British officials reportedly reassess their options in light of the energy crisis dominating headlines there.

David Flood, UK country manager of Norwegian power giant Statkraft, said nuclear’s decade-long development windows and high costs compared to renewables make it a poor decarbonisation choice compared to wind and solar projects that can be online within 18 months of approval.