Nuclear power plant go-ahead

Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.

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'No credible plan' for dealing with nuclear waste

Plans for a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, will "lock a generation of consumers into higher energy bills", Greenpeace said.

Executive director John Sauven said: "It will distort energy policy by displacing newer, cleaner, cheaper technologies.

An aerial view of the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station at Bridgwater in Somerse Credit: PA Wire

He added, "With companies now saying the price of offshore wind will drop so much it will be on par with nuclear by 2020, there is no rationale for allowing Hinkley C to proceed.

"Giving it the green light when there is no credible plan for dealing with the waste could also be in breach of the law."

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Unite union supports plans for power plant

Kevin Coyne, national officer of Unite union has backed plans for the first in a fleet of new nuclear power stations. He said:

The construction of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of skilled construction jobs for the next five years, and around 800 jobs in the operation of the power station over the next 60 years.

We hope Hinkley Point C is just the first in a fleet of new nuclear power stations which would create jobs in construction for the next 20 years. Nuclear is a crucial part of a balanced energy policy, to stop lights going out.

Nuclear power plant set to be approved by Government

The first of a planned fleet of nuclear reactors in the UK could be given the go ahead today.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to announce whether he will grant consent for energy giant EDF to build a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

General view of Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

According to EDF, the plant's two nuclear reactors would be capable of producing enough energy to power five million homes, or seven per cent of the UK's electricity.

The decision to go ahead with construction depends on a deal being negotiated with the Government on the "strike" price paid for electricity generated by the plant.

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