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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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Reaction to Hinkley C power plant announcement

The Prime Minister has given the go-ahead for Britain's first new nuclear reactor for a generation.

Hinkley C will become the single largest construction project in the UK, it will take ten years to deliver, and will cost billions.

Laura Makin-Isherwood has been speaking to people in the community about how they have responded to the news.

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Group calls for more 'robust scrutiny' on energy deals

Richard Lloyd from the consumer association Which? said millions of consumers will be wondering what today's announcement on the Hinkley power station will mean for them.

He said: "There has been no transparent independent scrutiny of the price that the Government has signed up to on our behalf to pay, there needs to be a claw back if they've over paid and there needs to be a much more independent robust scrutiny of these deals."

Cameron: Nuclear power could lower energy bills

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

The announcement will see an investment of £16 billion, and the creation of 25,000 jobs.

As part of the deal, the government has agreed a so-called strike price with EDF for the amount it gets per megawatt hour of electricity.

The figure settled on today is £92.50 which is more than double the current market rate, the Prime Minister said it was a good deal.

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Cameron and Davey taken on windy Hinkley tour

The Prime Minister and the Energy Secretary have been taken on a tour around the Hinkley site where Britain's newest nuclear power plant will be built.

Ed Davey and David Cameron are shown site plans for Hinkley C. Credit: PA
David Cameron delivers a speech to workers in the Charge Hall at Hinkley Point B. Credit: PA
David Cameron and Ed Davey are shown around the site where Hinkley C will be built. Credit: PA
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Video shows 'virtual visit' of nuclear power station

A video produced by EDF energy showing a CGI fly-through over the new Hinkley Point nuclear station allows people to go on a "virtual visit" of the site.

Today the Prime Minister confirmed that Britain's first new nuclear reactor for a generation will go ahead.

Hinkley C will become the single largest construction project in the UK, it will take 10 years to deliver and will cost billions.

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Ed Davey hails 'historic' nuclear energy deal

Energy Secretary Ed Davey told a news conference in London it was a "historic" day.

He said the UK was facing a "looming energy crisis" in the next decade thanks to years of neglect and under-investment.

Much of coal and nuclear-generated energy will stop in the coming years.

"We have known for years this is coming, but no-one was willing to take tough decisions."

Mr Davey stressed the project included plans to cover the costs of de-commissioning, with the operators required to pay into a fund from day one.

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Greenpeace: Hinkley nuclear plant 'fails every test'

Greenpeace UK director John Sauven said:

Hinkley C fails every test - economic, consumer, and environmental.

It will lock a generation of consumers into higher energy bills via a strike price that's nearly double the current price of electricity, and it will distort energy policy by displacing newer, cleaner, technologies that are dropping dramatically in price.

With companies like Dong Energy now saying the price of offshore wind will drop so much it will be on par with nuclear by the 2020s, there is little rationale for allowing Hinkley C to proceed.

Giving it the green light when there is no credible plan for dealing with the waste is also unacceptable. David Cameron has said himself that, until the waste issue is sorted, no new investment is possible.

This is yet another Government U-turn which is creating uncertainty for investment in both energy efficiency and renewable energy, which, despite recent headlines, remain the best long-term solution for the consumer, energy security and tackling climate change.

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