Published: December 16, 2010
Stop Hinkley protesters hit out at government's 'broken cash pledge'

The coalition government has this week torn up its pledge of giving no subsidies to nuclear power by unveiling a series of measures aimed at financially supporting the construction of new nuclear power stations like Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea, according to the Stop Hinkley protesters.

They say this week's announcement regarding 'electricity market reform' by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne includes a range of mechanisms aimed at making low carbon sources of electricity more economic in comparison to polluting fossil fuels like coal and gas.

Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey told "Private companies like EDF have already said that they can’t build nuclear power stations like Hinkley C without additional financial incentives."

"These new measures are aimed at helping them make a profit from a technology that carries massive future liabilities, including dealing with dangerous radioactive waste at Hinkley for up to 160 years. Everyone in Somerset will be helping to pay for this expensive folly."

He added: "The new proposals will increase electricity bills by as much as £500 a year according to one estimate to help pay for projects like Hinkley C."

The changes to the electricity market proposed today still have to be agreed by parliament and squared with European legislation.

Pictured top and above are protesters outside Hinkley Point during a recent protest - pic from Paul Glendell


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