Campaign Update

Stop Hinkley Campaign Letter to Greg Clark

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 …

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Don’t Buy Nuclear Waste

Now that Theresa May has (to steal some of the best sound-bites from the last few days) decided (1) to build a better yesterday with a safari park of white elephants – it’s time to shift the discussion from the huge cost of Hinkley Point C and the security implications of allowing the Chinese to get involved in building nuclear power stations in the UK to what we could all gain if these reactors ever get built.

In brief, spent nuclear …

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The District Heating & Green Gas Alternative to Hinkley

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 …

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Daily News Roundup

26 September 2016

Hinkley

Hinkley Point C nuclear station: an expensive solution to a cheap problem. In 10 years it’ll be outdated, costing more than other energy alternatives and raising UK electric bills, writes Andreas Gandolfo. My colleagues and I at Bloomberg New Energy Finance are still scratching our heads at how such a project was greenlighted. We’ve spent two years analysing the project, and it’s clear: by the time the plant is operational in 10 years it will be completely outdated, trying to …

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25 September 2016

Hinkley

The UK government has agreed to sign the contracts with french utility giant EDF for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant on Thursday. French financial newspaper Les Echos reported that the signing ceremony will take place in London, not Somerset as it had been planned in July when Prime Minister Theresa May asked for a delay at the 11th hour. The China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN), which is making a £6bn investment in the project, will also be present, …

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24 September 2016

Moorside

Powerful decision-makers are being urged to think of the greater good so all of Cumbria can cash in on its biggest investment in history. And they have been urged to do everything possible to ensure the county is given the best possible chance to secure major opportunities. Hundreds of major economic players have been hearing about the prospects for the nuclear industry at a conference in Carlisle.

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