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Stop Hinkley welcomes National Audit Office investigation into Hinkley Deal

17 October 2014

The Stop Hinkley Campaign today welcomed news that the National Audit Office (NAO) has begun an investigation into UK Government plans to subsidise the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The NAO is the financial watchdog which scrutinises public spending on behalf of parliament.

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffrey said:

This is an extraordinarily bad deal, locking consumers into high prices until almost 2060. Worse still it will use up most of the money available to subsidise non-fossil fuel energy leaving almost nothing available for renewables at a time when their costs are plummeting”.

The NAO move follows pressure from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). Labour MP Joan Walley, Chair of the Committee, wrote to the NAO earlier this week re-iterating the Committee's earlier call for an investigation into whether the deal represented value for money. A December 2013 report from the EAC expressed the view that the deal involved a subsidy which the Government had promised not to allow.

The Austrian Government has declared its intention to take the Commission to the European Court of Justice over this decision, and Germany is also considering it. In the UK independent energy supplier Ecotricity is also among a group of companies and organisations considering a legal challenge. There appears to be a groundswell of opinion among renewable energy companies and associations in Britain and Europe that something should be done. This could leave the project in limbo. Legal action would take at least a year to conclude and EDF Energy would have to decide whether or not to risk proceeding with the project in the meantime in case it has to be abandoned if the legal action is successful. It seems very unlikely that a final investment decision will be taken before the 2015 General Election.

Jeffrey added: “The European Commission's ill-thought through decision has turned UK Energy Policy into even more of a dog's breakfast than it was to begin with. Let's hope the National Audit Office can inject some sanity into the situation ”.

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Stop Hinkley Comment on European Commission Go-ahead for £17.6bn Hinkley Deal

8 October 2014

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has expressed its extreme disappointment that the European Commission has today decided to approve subsidies of up to £17.6 billion to EDF Energy to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset .

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffrey said:

" This deal is clearly illegal under European law; it will saddle UK consumers with the bill for paying huge subsidies for decades, and yet there are more cost effective and safer ways of providing low carbon electricity or not using the energy in the first place. It is mind boggling how the UK government managed to convince the Commissioners to go along with this crazy plan without even the pretence of a competitive process.”

But the group vowed to continue its campaign to halt EDF Energy's £16 billion project. The Austrian Government has declared its intention to take the Commission to the European Court of Justice over this decision, which could leave the project in limbo. Legal action would take at least a year to conclude and EDF Energy would have to decide whether or not to risk proceeding with the project in the meantime in case it has to be abandoned if the Austrian appeal is successful. It seems very unlikely that a final investment decision will be taken before the 2015 General Election.

Allan Jeffrey appealed to EDF Energy and the UK Government to spend the next year examining in detail the flurry of recent reports from investment and energy analysts predicting a bright future for solar energy and other renewables as well as energy storage.

“The technology proposed for Hinkley Point C is well past its sell-by-date. It's time for Somerset to look to the future and develop a locally-controlled sustainable energy industry which doesn't involve leaving a toxic legacy for our grandchildren's children and which can tackle climate change and fuel poverty in a much more cost effective way.”

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The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014
The world's nuclear statistics are distorted by an anomaly whose cause is not technical but political. Three years after the Fukushima events started unfolding on 11 March 2011, government, industry and international institutional organizations continue to misrepresent the effects of the disaster on the Japanese nuclear program. To find a more appropriate way to deal with this situation, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014 proposes a new category called Long-Term Outage. Click here for report

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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3 October 2014

The Stop Hinkley campaign has written to the European Competition Commissioner to ask him to urgently reconsider his decision on the Hinkley deal, and to order the UK Government to subject the Hinkley Point C proposals to a proper competitive process. If he doesn't, he will be saddling UK consumers with eye-wateringly high electricity bills for decades to come.

Read the letter here.

 

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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