Hinkley work progressing well as row over new nuclear erupts. UNIONS have urged the Government to step in and help take Wylfa forward, after plans for the multibillion-pound new nuclear power station were suspended. But environmental campaigners called for a rethink of UK energy policy. Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, said: “Hitachi’s confirmation that no solution has been found for its UK nuclear programme tells you all you need to know about the economics of nuclear power “In the meantime renewable energy costs, especially offshore wind and solar, have plunged dramatically, while new smart technologies including storage have arrived on the scene. “A clever move now would be for the Government to accept that the nuclear bet didn’t pay off, stop holding back renewables and have an urgent rethink about the future of UK energy.” An EDF Energy spokesman said its new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset was making good progress, and a third round of consultations were under way for a plant at Sizewell in Suffolk, showing that nuclear has a “strong future” in the UK.
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