The government will announce its decision on whether to build a new generation of nuclear power stations on Thursday, Downing Street said today. The business secretary, John Hutton, will make the announcement in a statement to MPs on energy security.
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Taxpayers will escape having to pay any part of the bill for dealing with waste from a new generation of nuclear power stations, the government insisted last night. Instead, the full costs of waste disposal and decommissioning will be met from nuclear generators’ revenues, it said.
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BRITAIN is to build a new generation of nuclear power stations with NO LIMITS to the amount of energy they supply. At least 40 per cent of our energy will come from state-of-the-art plants. That is twice current output.
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A new generation of nuclear power stations will be encouraged to supply unlimited amounts of electricity to the national grid.
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Households face higher fuel bills to cover the costs of the next generation of nuclear power stations, it emerged yesterday. Cabinet ministers are today due to approve the building of ten atomic reactors – the first in the UK for more than two decades. The decision will be announced by Energy Minister John Hutton on Thursday.
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A report by a group of scientists has criticised the deliberative events run by Opinion Leader Research as part of the Government’s consultation on nuclear power. The 87-page report from the nuclear consultation working group says Opinion Leader presented “contentious information” on issues including safety, waste disposal and sustainability, and accused the firm of a “sleight of hand” in conflating the issues of nuclear power and global warming to encourage a positive response.
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Now here’s a surprise: the government was being ‘economic’ with the truth when it promised that we, the taxpayers, wouldn’t have to foot the extortionate bill for new nuclear power. It turns out that we, the consumers, will be picking up our fair share. Yep, the day after the papers reported a 15 per cent energy price hike, we’re being told to brace ourselves for more hikes if the government succeeds in dragging us down the nuclear road.
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Asked about the energy announcements on Thursday, the PMS said that it would include the decision of whether or not to go ahead with the next generation of nuclear power stations.
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The Government should go some way to resolving our energy dependency this week, when it is expected to announce plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations. But these generators won’t come on stream in time to resolve the energy “gap” facing Britain early in the next decade, when old stations are decommissioned and we become ever more dependent on energy imports. None of this comes as a surprise. Experts were warning about the “gap” years ago, yet Labour’s Energy White Papers in 1998 and 2002 were woefully short on measures to tackle the pending crisis.
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Greenpeace spokesman Ben Stewart fumed: “Brown is about as green as his name. There is a lie at the heart of his energy policy because this government’s own research shows nuclear power can only deliver a four per cent cut in carbon emissions some time after 2025. That’s too little too late at too great a cost.”
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Des Browne launched a stinging attack on Alex Salmond’s government last night over its steadfast opposition to a new generation of nuclear power stations, branding it “politically immature”. The Secretary of State for Scotland, in advance of today’s cabinet meeting which is expected to give a green light to the new nuclear build, made clear that a fresh wave of nuclear power stations was “essential” for Britain’s security of energy supply and to meet the nation’s carbon reduction targets.
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A CITY councillor today blasted Prime Minister Gordon Brown for considering building new nuclear power stations in Britain. Lib Dem councillor Dr Conor Snowden said: “Nuclear power is a dangerous and expensive white elephant. It will do little to reduce greenhouse emissions.”
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Five nuclear power reactors run by British Energy which have been shut since last year, were still offline on Monday with no restart date for any of them, a spokeswoman for the company said. A total of four reactors at the Hartlepool and Heysham-1 nuclear power plants have been closed since last October because of problems with their boiler closure units, while the Torness-1 reactor has been stopped since the start of December after a hydrogen leak on a generator.
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British Energy , the nuclear power generator, outperformed yesterday amid talk that it could be a takeover target for a European utility company.
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British Energy beat the market’s blues yesterday, climbing 32.5p to 571p on rising power prices and hopes the government would give the go-ahead to new nuclear power stations.
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Pope Benedict, in his annual “state of the world” address, on Monday called on nations to make a global commitment on security in order to prevent terrorists from gaining access to nuclear weapons.
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A SMALL rural community in Essex is set to discover this week if it is to become home to a new nuclear plant. The Government is set to announce its new energy policy on Thursday and it is widely predicted it will announce the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations. For residents in the village of Bradwell, which is currently having its original reactor decommissioned, it would mean a second reactor nearby.
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