Council bosses have raised concerns over government plans to fund large-scale nuclear projects through residents’ electricity bills. The funding model proposed last month would let energy companies charge consumers a set amount, to be spent on future infrastructure provision. The government said it was “essential” to attract private finance. But councillors in Copeland, Cumbria, are worried residents could have to pay for plants that may never be built. The chairman of the council’s strategic nuclear and energy board, Steven Morgan, was concerned they would be paying for a plant “long before it returns any electricity”. “This does reduce the financing cost and therefore reduces what you have to pay in the long run,” he said. “But, in the near term, you are paying for plants that haven’t been built yet and may never be built.” Endorsing a “substantial increase in our electricity rates” to pay for new nuclear plants was “not something we should sleepwalk into”, Mr Morgan said.
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