Ten years ago, Vincent de Rivaz, the former chief executive of EDF Energy, promised that people in Somerset would be able to cook their Christmas dinner this year using electricity generated by his company’s Hinkley Point C power station. They now reckon it will open in 2027. Having taken him at his word, a group of local protesters intend to show up at the construction site today with a raw turkey and ask EDF what they should do with it. I suspect they will be told to stuff it. Projects like this often run way over schedule. Friends of the Earth once threw a birthday party for the Dungeness B reactor on the tenth anniversary of its estimated completion. They put a single candle in it, which at the time produced more energy than the power station.
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