Daily News Roundup, 30 September 2020
The government will today make an announcement on the planning application for the £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station, on Anglesey. Last week, developer Horizon Nuclear Power withdrew from the project after talks with the government about an alternative funding mechanism broke down. However, the planning application has not been withdrawn, meaning energy secretary Alok Sharma must either grant a development consent order (DCO), reject the application or apply for an extension to make his decision. The Planning Inspectorate filed … read more »
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It looks as though the collapse of the Horizon Energy project to build two nuclear reactors on Anglesey, and later two at Oldbury in Gloucestershire, rather than forcing a complete re-think on energy policy as you might expect, is pushing the Government into investing directly in EDF’s seventh and eighth attempt to build EPRs on time and budget at Sizewell C.
Future of new nuclear power in the UK
I’m writing to you in connection with the Government’s discussions on the financing of new nuclear power stations. We understand that you are meeting EDF’s CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy on 30th September. It is reported that EDF are ‘demanding clarity’ on how financing is to take place for the proposed Sizewell C plant. It is absolutely critical that the Government is not bounced into taking a hasty decision, particularly given … read more »