Hinkley C a bad deal


Originally published 19 September 2016.

Cheltenham Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Martin Horwood today [Monday] moved a motion at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton to oppose the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

He quoted a National Audit Office report that confirmed the likely cost of Hinkley to UK energy billpayers had risen from £6 billion (estimated in 2013) to £30 billion. And he criticised the Conservative government for reversing Coalition support for renewables and ditching the promise not to provide public subsidy for nuclear power.  He warned that the 35 year Hinkley deal would burden a generation with higher energy bills.
"There hasn't been a single nuclear power station built anywhere in the world on time, on budget and without public subsidy" he told delegates in Brighton. "And the EPR model being used at Hinkley hasn't actually been built at all yet. And the two in progress, in Finland and France, are billions over budget and years late."
"Just four new large offshore windfarms would add as much electricity to the grid as Hinkley".
"Hinkley C is a bad deal. We need a UK energy policy based on renewables, energy efficiency and storage and interconnection with other countries."
The motion opposing Hinkley C was passed overwhelmingly.
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NOTES
* Liberal Democrat policy and Coalition policy allowed nuclear power as part of the energy mix but insisted this had to be without public subsidy.  This condition was dropped by the Conservative government last October. See https://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2015/oct/22/hinkley-point-uk-energy-policy-is-now-hunkering-in-a-nuclear-bunker 
* George Osborne's announcement of a further £2 billion loan guarantee for Hinkley C last September can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-34306997
* An Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit report setting out the viability of alternatives to Hinkley C can be found here: http://eciu.net/press-releases/2016/cheaper-quicker-simpler-alternatives-to-hinkley
* The National Audit Office report on nuclear power can be found here: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/nuclear-power-in-the-uk/

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