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EDF Energy

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EDF Energy Customers (trading as EDF Energy) is wholly owned by the French state-owned EDF SA (Électricité de France)

2002 Formed following the acquisition and mergers of SEEBOARD (formerly the South Eastern Electricity Board), London Electricity (formerly the London Electricity Board or LEB), SWEB Energy (formerly the South Western Electricity Board) and two coal-fired power stations and a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station.

In 2009, EDF Energy took control of the UK nuclear generator, British Energy, buying share capital from the government. This made EDF Energy one of the UK's largest generators, as well as the largest distribution network operator. At the same time, EDF established NNB GenCo as a separate subsidiary for the construction of additional new nuclear plants. Centrica purchased a 20% stake in British Energy from EDF, and also had an option to acquire 20% of NNB GenCo.

EDF owns two 2,000 MW coal-fired power stations, Cottam Power Station and West Burton Power Station, both located near Retford in Nottinghamshire, giving EDF the highest coal-fired generational capacity of any energy company in the UK.

It also owns the 790 MW Sutton Bridge CCGT power station, and is constructing a new 1,311 MW CCGT station at West Burton, that opened in 2011.

EDF owns and operates 2 wind farms - at Kirkheaton in Northumberland and the High Hedley Hope wind farm near Tow Law in County Durham, and is developing the Teesside Offshore Wind near Redcar, Teesside.

2009 Following the acquisition of British Energy EDF Energy own eight nuclear power stations. These are the seven AGR power stations (Dungeness B; Hinkley Point B; Hunterston B; Hartlepool; Heysham 1; Heysham 2 and Torness) and one PWR power station (Sizewell B) and total nearly 9,000MW of installed capacity.

In 2007 EDF announced its intention to construct up to 4 new EPR reactors; two at Hinkley Point C (possibly by 2018) and two at Sizewell C. EDF plans to build and operate the new plants through its subsidiary NNB Generation Co (NNB GenCo).

2016 Employs 14,000 persons.[1]

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  1. [1] EDF PR