Nuclear power, please? Great Britain is planning a second generation nuclear power plant – just a few hundred kilometers from Germany as the crow flies. Britain is relying on nuclear power to become climate neutral by 2050. The first new nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C, is under construction, with the second to follow soon. The approval process for Sizewell C is currently underway in the south-east English county of Suffolk – just 300 kilometers from the German border as the crow flies. The deadline for the participation of the federal government, the federal states and the German public in the cross-border environmental impact assessment (EIA) expires on August 19. The chairman of the Bundestag Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Sylvia Kotting-Uhl (Greens), complained that the British environmental report was confusing and not available in German. “The UK is again trying to escape its commitments, this time in an insidious way,” she said. In mid-July, Kotting-Uhl asked the federal government whether they were considering taking part in the EIA process. “In a previous screening process, the UK had determined that this new development had no cross-border environmental impact,” the response said. But on the website of the Ministry “the contact details of the British authority have been published so that interested individuals or associations can register directly with the competent authority”.
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Proponents of the proposed EPR nuclear power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast are ramping up calls for the government to give the project the go ahead, saying tens of thousands of jobs are at stake, while critics say the project is too expensive and unnecessary. The relatively higher cost of nuclear over renewables, such as wind, has prompted opponents to call for the scrapping of the technology in Britain altogether. According to Lazard, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for nuclear is around $118 to $192 per MWh compared to $28 to $54 per MWh for wind and between $44 and $68 for combined cycle gas. EDF provides a Strike Price for Hinkley C, under the UK’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism, at £92.5 (around $120) per MWh at 2012 prices. Given this price is index-linked, the current price for Hinkley C has ramped to about £110, says Paul Dorfman, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Institute, University College London (UCL). “The question is, at these prices, is it Game Over for nuclear in the UK?” asks Dorfman. Under the expected Regulated Asset Base (RAB) funding model for Sizewell C, it would be British tax payer picking up the bill as the project goes over costs, Dorfman adds.
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