The uncertainty is over Hinkley C is beginning to have an impact on the local political landscape. With the Conservative MPs still convinced the project will go ahead there appears to have been a change of heart in the Labour group. The Bridgwater parliamentary candidate in the last election has cast doubt over the wisdom of putting the project in the hands of the French with help from the Chinese. He told the Bridgwater Mercury about his concerns over the way things have panned out this year with the: “Chinese are apparently attending meetings at the French Embassy in China trying to persuade EDF and the French Government to reach the final investment decision and get on with the project.”He said: “The rising costs of the Hinkley project and the fear of not completing the build within the timescale and the possible downturn in China’s economy; suggests there needs to be a rethink by the British Government as to how to fund the growing demand for cleaner energy, while making sure that the ‘lights stay on’, now needs further discussion.“Major infrastructure projects should be in the control of the British government and the Government could issue Bonds for investors. The Government could then raise the necessary funding for infrastructure projects, such as Hinkley C. The government would then be in control of the Nuclear Generator development and would decide on which companies would build the new generation of reactors and who would manage the new stations.”
Bridgwater Mercury 20th March 2016 read more »
Given the long list of technical and financial problems afflicting the Hinkley C power plant, writes David Thorpe, the Labour Party’s continuing support for the over-priced, highly subsidised project is increasingly paradoxical. Labour must take a fresh look at HPC and the renewable alternatives that can do better at far lower cost.
Ecologist 21st March 2016 read more »
Malcolm Grimston: When it comes to nuclear power the State should take control.
Prospect 22nd March 2016 read more »