Point C hailed as 'biggest future burden' on consumers
Stop Hinkley Campaign has this week welcomed a speech by the former
Conservative Secretary of State for Energy (1979-81), Lord Howell,
who described the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
as "by far the biggest future burden on consumers and households."
Although he says he's "very pro-nuclear", Lord Howell
said he "would shed no tears at all if the elephantine Hinkley
C Project was abandoned."
Lord Howells remarks came just after the current Secretary
of State for Energy, Amber Rudd, said there is a "very good
prospect" of a decision to build Britains first new
nuclear plant finally being taken later this year.
The Government announced moves to curb subsidies to small-scale
solar farms this morning. This follows similar moves to cut subsidies
for onshore wind announced in June, and an end to subsidies for
larger solar farms announced in May last year.
Rudds motivation is that she wants to prevent an overspend
of the government's clean energy support budget, known as the
Levy Control Framework (LCF), which is designed to limit the impact
of subsidies on household energy bills. Solar at all scales is
expected to add only around £10 to consumers bills
this year. Yet the Treasury is offering subsidies paid
for by consumers - of up to £17.6bn to EDF Energy over 35
Stop Hinkley spokesperson Roy Pumfrey said: "The Minister
appears to be delusional in thinking that Hinkley Point C will
get built any time soon; deceitful by pretending that she is helping
UK consumers and disingenuous for saying that Hinkley C is a good
"The list of problems which EDF needs to overcome gets longer
every week. Cutting subsidies to sustainable energy, whilst carrying
on regardless with a scheme unlikely ever to come to fruition,
is just plain daft."
"Lord Howell reminded us that no reactor of the Hinkley
C variety has ever been completed successfully and those that
are being built are years behind."