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Will Hinkley C power station get the go ahead?

French company EDF want to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C by 2023 Credit: ITV News

The European Commission is expected to announce whether or not it approves plans to build the new Hinkley C power station in Somerset later today.

The commission has been investigating a deal struck between energy company EDF and the government to see if it constitutes illegal state aid.

Hinkley C on the verge of getting EC approval

Hinkley C on the verge of getting EC approval Credit: PA

Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation is on the verge of getting the go-ahead. The European Commission is said to be about to approve plans for the £16 billion project at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Under the deal, Hinkley C will be built by a French company, EDF energy, which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level.

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Protests at Hinkley as Govt probed over energy price

There has been a protest at Hinkley Point in Somerset today (Thursday 10 April) over plans for a new nuclear power station there. People are angry that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.

Meanwhile, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given his backing to renewable energy at a tidal power company in South Gloucestershire.

Green Party MP to protest at Hinkley Point

Caroline Lucas MP will join protesters campaigning against the new nuclear power plant Credit: PA

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will be taking part in a demonstration at Hinkley Point in Somerset today. She and other activists are campaigning against plans for a new nuclear power station at the site because of a range of safety concerns.

She is also angry that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.

Hinkley Point consultation started

Hinkley Point consultation started Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A month long consultation into Hinkley Point in Somerset has begun this morning by the European Commission. The EU is looking at whether the fixed price the government intends to pay the operator is allowed under European law.

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Hinkley C plans investigated by EU

The financial deal for a new nuclear power station in Somerset is to be investigated by the European Commission, in a move that could delay.

Under the deal, announced by the Prime Minister last month, Hinkley C will be built by a French company which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level. The commission will investigate whether this complies with European rules on state aid.

David Cameron: 'really important day for our country'

The Government has given the go ahead to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in a decade at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater.

Speaking today David Cameron said: "I think this is a really important day for our country, the day when we have agreed to build a new nuclear power station, I hope the first of many nuclear power stations here at Hinkley Point, Hinkley Point C."

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