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Stop Hinkley on EC Decision

Stop Hinkley Comment on European Commission Go-ahead for £17.6bn Hinkley Deal

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has expressed its extreme disappointment that the European Commission has today decided to approve subsidies of up to £17.6 billion to EDF Energy to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffrey said:

This deal is clearly illegal under European law; it will saddle UK consumers with the bill for paying huge subsidies for decades, and yet there are more

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Nuclear Investment – what is China’s motivation?

The Colchester Gazette doesn’t publish letters online which is a pity. This one from Professor Barry Jones is particularly interesting.

Dear Sir

News that Chinese state-owned companies remain interested in the possibility of building and operating a new nuclear power station at Bradwell should remind all readers that nuclear power is not a business like any other business and that Chinese state-owner companies are not companies like any other companies.

Nuclear power remains one of the most dangerous forms of power generation. The Fukushima …

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Nuclear is a choice – not a requirement

The number of energy efficiency measures being installed to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.(1) Yet an ambitious programme of insulating buildings, and producing more energy directly from buildings themselves could net savings to the economy averaging £12.1bn per year from now until 2050.(2)

The government’s energy efficiency policies are in free fall” says Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, “as a result,

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Daily News Roundup

24 October 2014


David Lowry: Overlooked in the political frenzy over the success of Ukip in the two by-election results is Nigel Farage’s curious backing for Brussels’s support for massive multibillion-pound subsidies for new nuclear power plants in Britain. In fact the costs of this giant twin reactor project have continued to escalate as planning has gone ahead by the coalition government, with the full support of Labour’s leadership — if not its membership. Back in 2006, the current Lib Dem Energy Secretary …

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23 October 2014


Cambridge nuclear engineer casts doubt on whether Hinkley Point EPR nuclear plant can be constructed. ‘The EPR is safe, very safe’ said Tony Roulstone at a lecture in Oxford on Tuesday 21st October. But the complexity of the design means it is extraordinarily difficult to build. This type of reactor is, he said, perhaps in an unguarded moment, ‘unconstructable’. Areva, the French company that owns the EPR design, is no longer actively selling power stations of this type. In those …

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22 October 2014


National Audit Office investigation must be expedited quickly not just for Hinkley Point but for billions of pounds of investment in new nuclear across the country including West Cumbria, Wylfa and Oldbury says GMB. GMB, the union for energy workers, responded to the announcement by the National Audit Office that it is conducting an investigation into the strike price agreed for Hinkley Point C and that it will report to Parliament at an appropriate point. See notes to editors for …

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21 October 2014


The Stop Hinkley Campaign today welcomed news that the National Audit Office (NAO) has begun an investigation into UK Government plans to subsidise the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. (1) The NAO is the financial watchdog which scrutinises public spending on behalf of parliament. Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “This is an extraordinarily bad deal, locking consumers into high prices until almost 2060. Worse still it will use up most of the money available to subsidise …

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