EU gives go ahead to Hinkley Point nuclear plans

The European Commission has approved plans to build the new Hinkley C power station in Somerset.

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'Insulating consumer from volatile international prices'

The way has finally been cleared for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset after EU regulators voted in favour of the project.

Campaigners against the scheme say it will leave consumers with higher electricity bills, but Energy Secretary Ed Davey MP disagrees. He says the UK won't have to rely on buying energy from abroad:

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Campaigners claim Hinkley will 'saddle UK' for decades

The Stop Hinkley Campaign say they will continue to fight to halt EDF Energy building the Hinkley Point C power plant.

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.

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.

– Allan Jeffrey, Stp Hinkley spokseman

Hinkley Point C plans approved by the EU

The final go-ahead has been given by the European Commission for a new £16bn nuclear power station in the UK, in Somerset, which will have a 60-year operating life.

Commissioners approved revised plans to subsidise and operate the plant, which will be built by EDF Energy at Hinkley Point.

The commission has been examining funding for the power station under state aid rules since December.

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Greenpeace claim Hinkley power station will go ahead

Environmental charity Greenpeace claim the EU Commission will give permission for a new nuclear power station to be built on Somerset.

Commissioners are meeting today to consider giving final approval for the plant to be built by EDF Energy at Hinkley Point.

The commission has been examining funding for the power station under state aid rules since December.

Greenpeace said 16 commissioners had voted in favour, although there was no confirmation from the commission.

This is a world record sell-out to the nuclear industry at the expense of taxpayers and the environment.

It's such a distortion of competition rules that the commission has left itself exposed to legal challenges.

There is absolutely no legal, moral or environmental justification in turning taxes into guaranteed profits for a nuclear power company whose only legacy will be a pile of radioactive waste. This is a bad plan for everyone except EDF.

– Andrea Carta, Greenpeace Legal Adviser
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