11 September 2014

Commenting on the announcement that the Department of Transport is to pay £2.8 million towards upgrading road and rail links to the Hinkley Point C construction site, Roy Pumphrey of the Stop Hinkley Campaign said:

"Surely EDF Energy has already had enough subsidies from hard pressed taxpayers and consumers. If the European Commision gives the go-ahead to the deal between the UK Government and EDF, it could be worth up to £17bn. The Government and local authorities should be forcing EDF to make any improvements necessary at their own expense." More >>>


Stop Hinkley calls on European Commission to “Just Say No” to UK Nuclear Subsidy Plan

2 September 2014

A decision by the European Competition Commission on whether plans by the UK Government to provide up to £17bn worth of subsidies to the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station constitute illegal State Aid is expected soon. EDF Energy says it expects a decision before the new European Commissioners take over on 1st November 2014.

On the day after it emerged that a similar reactor being built in Finland is now expected to be almost a decade late, the Stop Hinkley campaign is again calling on the EC to just say no to the Hinkley deal. Stop Hinkley believes that the decision could well go against EDF Energy. This briefing sets out why.

A good summary of the Hinkley saga can be found in the specialist journal Energy Post 21st August 2014.

Energy Post reminds us that the UK Government promised from the start of its attempts to revive nuclear construction that there would be no public subsidies. This was predicated on hopelessly overoptimistic forecasts of cost. Once the deal between the Government and EDF Energy on Hinkley was announced it was clear that the European Commission would have to investigate. There are three basic tests that the Commission must apply to any such agreement: Is it state aid; does it distort markets; and is there an applicable exemption from state aid rules? The authors of the Energy Post article conclude that the agreement clearly is state aid which could distort markets and there is no applicable exemption.

The initial view of the Commission on the Hinkley Point deal was almost entirely negative. It concluded that “it appears difficult to argue that the measure can help the UK achieve security of supply, given that the plant will not be operational before 2023” and Hinkley Point C “could hardly be argued to contribute to affordability”.

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Greens say the case for building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley is now firmly closed

7 September 2014

They cite three strong arguments for not proceeding with the controversial Hinkley C power plant: European Competition law, cost and delay and the irrelevance of nuclear for future electricity generation. These are in addition to the crucial issues of safety and the unresolved question of what to do with nuclear waste, say the Green Party.

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and long time campaigner against nuclear, said: “Its time to abandon nuclear power. The government's whole nuclear strategy is legally questionable; fails to offer us energy security, either in the short term or long term and makes no economic sense”.

Greens have challenged the legality of up to £17bn worth of ‘back door' government subsidies to EDF, the company planning to build Hinkley C; a deal currently being investigated by the European Commission to see if it constitutes illegal State Aid.

Greens also point to a similar reactor being built in Finland, which is now expected to be almost a decade late and well over budget. They say that similar delays to Hinkley would totally undermine one of the key arguments the government uses to justify its nuclear programme: that nuclear is urgently needed to fill the energy gap and ‘keep the lights on'.

Finally, Greens highlight a report from giant multinational investment bank, UBS, which concludes that the proposed £16 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could be obsolete within 10 to 20 years. The report says large power stations will soon become extinct because they are inflexible, and are “not relevant” for future electricity generation. The bank urges investors to “join the [solar] revolution”.

Molly Scott Cato concluded, “This really is a case of three strikes and you're out”.

The Green Party reaffirmed its opposition to nuclear power at its autumn conference in Birmingham at the weekend.

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Molly Scott Cato's speech at Aldermaston Wool Against Weapons 9th Aug 2014
During Molly's speech she remembers both the Nagasaki bomb and Fukushima disaster. She emphasises the link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and reminds us we must continue to campaign to stop Hinkley C being built.

March 2014: JOINT SUBMISSION OF THE UK & IRELAND NUCLEAR FREE LOCAL AUTHORITIES (NFLA), CITIES FOR A NUCLEAR FREE EUROPE NETWORK (CNFE) AND STOP HINKLEY GROUP Re: STATE AID – UNITED KINGDOM INVESTMENT CONTRACT considering the UK Government 's agreement to provide financial assistance and guarantees to EDF to build new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset and, at a later date, at Sizewell in Suffolk.

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What will be the total cost of nuclear waste?
We won't know until the final bill has been totted up in thousands of years. EdF won't take on that liability. EdF and the UK government are planning to dump it onto future generations.


This response takes an historical perspective set in the context of the proposal to build two additional nuclear reactors at Hinkley in Somerset. The fact that ‘virtual reprocessing' – or ‘not reprocessing' is proposed is to be welcomed. Unfortunately the decision to not reprocess should have been taken much earlier. At the Planning Stage it was quite clear that THORP was not needed. The same is true for the proposed Hinkley C Power Station.

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A new report, A Corruption of Governance, prepared for the Association for the Conservation of Energy and Unlock Democracy was presented to MPs and NGOs at the House of Commons. It exposes that the evidence given to Ministers and Parliament, promoting the use of nuclear power, was a false summary of the analysis carried out by government departments.
The report, supported by a cross party group of MPs, calls for the case for nuclear power to be re-examined in a parliamentary debate, so the true facts can be discussed. More >>>

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