Vincent de Rivaz: New nuclear has to be part of our low-carbon energy future. Detractors have filled many column inches and broadcast hours. However, some critics risk losing sight of the bigger picture by overlooking the positive impact and importance of this investment for Britain. China’s participation is much more than £6bn of inward investment. It brings the benefits of a 30-year partnership between EDF and CGN in nuclear construction in China, a country with the largest civil nuclear programme in the world. The cost of Hinkley Point C’s electricity is frequently compared with today’s depressed wholesale prices. The correct comparison is with future prices. Hinkley Point C is competitive with all other future energy options, even including fossil fuels like gas when the cost of carbon is taken into account
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The chief executive of energy giant EDF has reiterated the firm’s commitment to building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point despite the shock decision by the Government to review the multi-billion pound project.
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Energy giant EDF has issued an eleventh-hour plea for its Hinkley Point nuclear plant to get the go-ahead, as Theresa May prepares to decide on the controversial £18bn project. Writing in the Telegraph, Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy chief executive, attempts to counter the widespread criticism of the Hinkley plans, insisting opponents are “overlooking the positive impact” and that Britain needs new nuclear in its energy mix. EDF approved its investment in Hinkley last month but was stunned when the Prime Minister announced a fresh review, delaying a Government decision until September.
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Why Theresa May should plug the plug on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. Just four offshore wind farms could provide as much electricity as Hinkley Point, claims the ECIU, with gas-powered plants and interconnectors to other countries filling any shortfall. The Prime Minister should take note. The energy market is undergoing its own revolution and many industry executives believe rapidly changing technology will spell the end for traditional, giant power stations. Frankly, Theresa May now has more reasons than ever to pull the plug on Hinkley Point.
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The first Malcolm Pyne knew something was amiss was when he sat down to watch the 10 o’clock news. The 46-year-old had just dispatched a £2,000 order of local Somerset lamb, beef and sausage meat from his family butchers, ready to be served as celebratory fare at the Hinkley Point nuclear site the next day. After years of delays, the board of energy giant EDF had that afternoon decided to approve its investment in the £18bn project; Pyne, a vocal supporter, was looking forward to joining visiting dignitaries at the event to mark the plant finally getting the go-ahead. Roy Pumfrey and Allan Jeffery, both in their mid-sixties, have been campaigning against Hinkley Point C since the 1980s, when the Government first mooted plans for a new plant to be built alongside the existing ‘A’ station, completed in 1965, and the 1976-vintage ‘B’ station. Though planning consent granted in 1990, the plans were later dropped following the privatisation of the energy sector. “It went quiet for 10 years or so,” Jeffery recalls. But when Tony Blair declared new nuclear “back on the agenda with a vengeance” in 2006, the idea of Hinkley Point C was swiftly resurrected by French state-controlled EDF. “The French Government had this idea of selling the EPR [reactor], this new French design, all over the world,” says Jeffery. EDF wants to build two such EPR reactors at Hinkley. Together they could generate 3.2 gigawatts of power – 7pc of the UK’s electricity needs. Both Pumfrey and Jeffery first joined the Stop Hinkley campaign for ideological and safety reasons; they cite Chernobyl, Fukushima and the challenge of nuclear waste. But, armed with press cuttings hostile to Hinkley, they highlight the arguments they know have most traction. “The reactor is unconstructable,” says Pumfrey, referencing delays in building EPRs in France and Finland. He points to the security worries over the Chinese state nuclear companies that are funding one-third of the cost. And “it is hugely expensive, and because of the deal that’s been struck, the electricity is hugely expensive”.
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Simon Bullock: The debate about Hinkley is a distraction. Nuclear power is not the answer. Renewables, energy saving, and energy storage are a much better deal for bill-payers as well as tax-payers, and renewables offer more scope to provide employment.
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