Dear Mr Clark,
Congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We understand that you will now take charge of energy policy. We are writing to you to ask you to make the most of this opportunity to stamp your own mark on Government energy policy by ditching proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C (HPC) in Somerset.
Over the last few months HPC has been described as a white elephant; a …
Several recent renewable proposals illustrate how we can avoid building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Dong Energy for instance suggests building more offshore wind farms backed up with biomass or gas-fired plants. (1) Lightsource says solar PV could match the output of Hinkley within just two years. (2) Forum for the Future says we could get 20 GW of new capacity from farm-based renewables by 2020. (3) But Theresa May’s delay in giving final approval to Hinkley …
Stop Hinkley Campaign says a Final Investment Decision for Hinkley Point C would be little more than spin
EDF seems to be hoping that by acting swiftly after Greg Clark’s appointment as Secretary of State, it can minimise the risk that the highly favourable terms struck in 2013 to help to bankroll the station are watered down. Above all, EDF’s most cherished sweetener is a guaranteed price of an index-linked £92.50 per megawatt hour in 2012 prices – now worth around £100/MWh.
Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said:
“If the Company does indeed make a positive Final Investment Decision on …
Daily News Roundup
Vincent de Rivaz: New nuclear has to be part of our low-carbon energy future. Detractors have filled many column inches and broadcast hours. However, some critics risk losing sight of the bigger picture by overlooking the positive impact and importance of this investment for Britain. China’s participation is much more than £6bn of inward investment. It brings the benefits of a 30-year partnership between EDF and CGN in nuclear construction in China, a country with the largest civil nuclear …
Case against Hinkley Point nuclear development gets stronger after yet another critical report. The more entertaining stuff is in director Richard Black’s blog. He describes Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation as: “A giant Godzilla that will either crush all before it or collapse under its own weight.” The latter is much the more likely outcome. But you can see his point.
Britain could save £1bn a year by pursuing cheaper alternatives to the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power station, according to a report that says the Franco-Chinese project is not essential to keeping Britain’s lights on. As few as four big offshore wind farms could provide as much electricity as the 3.2 gigawatts expected from Hinkley, with additional gas-fired power and interconnectors with other countries also helping to fill the gap if the Somerset plant is scrapped. The findings from the …