Campaign Update

Time to Cancel Hinkley Point C

Reflecting much of the media comment, since offshore wind costs as low as £57.50/MWh were announced earlier this month, (1) The Guardian’s editorial said the precipitous drop in the price of electricity from offshore wind turbines should “blow away” the UK’s nuclear plans. It describes Hinkley Point C as “like a dinosaur even before it arrives on earth”. Ministers should “open the door to a greener, cleaner future where Britain meets greenhouse gas targets without more expensive nuclear plants.” (2)

Now, …

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How will ministers explain to consumers why we are paying renewables to switch off so we can buy expensive nuclear electricity?

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) now expects renewable power deployment to be significantly higher than previously thought after 2020, primarily due to the plummeting cost and surging popularity of solar power and storage technologies. BEIS’ projections now expect cumulative new build renewables capacity from 2016 to 2035 to reach 45GW, marking a sharp increase in the 2015 projection for 33GW of new capacity. The energy supply gap expected from Hinkley Point C (HPC) delays is already …

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Daily News Roundup

20 November 2017

Toshiba

Toshiba has announced plans to sell Westinghouse, its bankrupt nuclear reactor business, in a move that could help rescue the stricken Moorside nuclear power plant project in Cumbria. The embattled Japanese conglomerate announced on Sunday that it would raise 600bn yen (£4bn) as it seeks to shore up cash to avoid being de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The funds will be used to guarantee any claims against Westinghouse, the US nuclear reactor business, which was meant to build the …

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