Britain made “grave strategic errors” in its handling of the Franco-Chinese Hinkley Point nuclear project, a critical parliamentary report concluded on Wednesday (22 November). The UK’s House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee stressed that consumers will pay a high price for construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which was given the green light by the government in September 2016.
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The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has welcomed a Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee report on the Hinkley Point C proposed nuclear reactor development which is sharply critical of the expensive nature of the deal between the UK Government and EDF Energy. The Committee argue the 35 year contract between EDF and the Government locks the consumer into an expensive deal which will hit the poorest hardest through increases to fuel bills. The report also notes that the plans for Hinkley Point C do not provide the wider benefits such as jobs and skills much vaunted by the Government and EDF.
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The UK government has wasted billions of the public’s money, the SNP has said – after a devastating report by MPs found that the white elephant Hinkley Point nuclear power plant would hit poorest communities hardest. The report slams the Tory government for negotiating a bad deal on the project with energy company EDF – with the total cost to the public over the 35-year contract expected to be at least £30 billion. The MPs accused the Tories of making “grave strategic errors” and neglecting consumer interests.
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Bristol households dealt a bad deal. Consumers have been dealt a “bad hand” by the Government over the £20bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, which is facing costs running to many times the original estimate, it has been warned.
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Molly Scott Cato said: “The economic illiteracy of this government on energy policy is reconfirmed again. They have had their heads stuck in the radioactive sand on Hinkley and this will cost consumers dear; particularly the poorest in society. This tragedy is all so unnecessary. The South West and other parts of the UK are richly endowed with a variety of renewable energy resources, chief amongst them off-shore wind. We can cut both energy bills and carbon emissions by going all out for renewables. On the back of this new evidence I again challenge MPs in the South West to unite against the folly of Hinkley and back a renewable energy revolution. This would be good for consumers; good for jobs and good for the regional economy.”
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