NFLA submits response to the Helm ‘cost of energy’ review – abandoning Hinkley Point C now could save consumers almost £1.5bn per year for 35 years from 2027 and let renewable and decentralised energy flourish.
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Another special issue of nuClear News. This one covers our comments on a report commissioned by the Government from Professor Dieter Helm on the cost of energy. Professor Helm’s report was published on 25 October 2017. The government is assessing the findings and recommendations set out in the Helm Review. As part of that process it is asking for the views of stakeholders. These comments were produced on behalf of the Stop Hinkley Campaign and the Nuclear Free Local Authorities.
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Recent Greenpeace-led poster campaign attracted complaints for claiming offshore wind power costs have halved in recent years – but is the claim so far-fetched? London Tube adverts which saw former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi touting the benefits of offshore wind were caught in the thick of it recently, over claims the campaign gave a misleading impression of the cost reductions achieved by the technology. Yet Greenpeace has said it “absolutely stands by the message” in the posters, which touted a 50 per cent cut in UK offshore wind costs over the past five years, despite complaints from clean energy detractors. Nevertheless, Greenpeace UK’s head of energy Hannah Martin told BusinessGreen the green groups and energy firms behind the campaign “absolutely stand by the message in our ad” – although she conceded the posters could have been clearer in their wording. “It celebrates a breakthrough moment for our energy system – the government signing contracts for new offshore wind farms which will provide electricity at half the price agreed in the previous auction, held in 2015,” Martin said of the advertising campaign. “However, not everyone is aware that the contracts are signed and prices agreed before the wind farms are built, rather than afterwards, so we were happy to clarify that.” The sharp drop in the costs of offshore wind is a “success story for Britain’s energy sector”, she emphasised. To many onlookers – especially in the green economy – the poster dispute may appear little more than an offshore storm in a teacup, yet the fallout demonstrates just how robust the case for renewables and offshore wind in particular has become. After all, low carbon sources of electricity delivered more than 50 per cent of the UK’s energy mix last year, while costs continue to tumble and fears over intermittency of clean energy are steadily being addressed by the growth of energy storage and the emergence of smart grid technologies. Moreover, renewables enjoy widespread backing from industry, government and the wider UK public.
Business Green 5th Jan 2018 read more »