Wind power has won the argument. Prices have been announced for four large wind power projects on Dogger Bank in the North Sea and another off the Scottish coast varying between £39.65 and £41.61 per megawatt/hour. This is lower than the wholesale price of electricity this year at £50 per megawatt hour and substantally lower than the price agreed for electricity that would be produced at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, if that project were completed, at £92.50 per megawatt/hour. These wind farms will be built and start operating quickly and will be able to supply electricity to millions of homes. This is in stark contrast to the long time and huge sum of money needed to build new nuclear power stations. EdF’s experience at Olkiluoto in Finland and Flamanville in France tells two identical stories of costs trebling from the original price estimate, and taking at least 15 years to build instead of the 5 years claimed originally. These statistics contrast sharply to the cost of at least £2.8 billion of taxpayers’ money published by the Nuclear Demommissioning Authority to be spent on decommissioning the Magnox stations at Trawsfynydd and Wylfa over the next century. The future is clear for Wales. Every chance to develop renewable energy in all its various forms ahould be taken and dirty, dangerous and extremely expensive nuclear power should be rejected once and for all.
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