Point protest group calls for re-think by new Tory government
fighting the proposed expansion of Hinkley Point nuclear power
station near Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued a call for a
fresh approach from the new Conservative government.
Stop Hinkley Campaign has called on the new government to raise
its ambitions on energy policy.
the new Government needs to recognise that nuclear power is a
dead duck. Then it should jump on the local energy revolution
bandwagon and draw up plans for a 100% renewable energy system
for the South West by 2050," explained Stop Hinkley spokesman
a programme would deliver more jobs, and cheaper energy, at a
lower cost and without all the local disruption which Hinkley
added: "The new Government has a choice go-ahead with
the financial millstone of nuclear power with consumers paying
for decades to come with much of the expenditure flowing out of
the region, or develop a sustainable energy programme which will
boost local jobs and the local economy. We urge them to choose
group went on to say that in recent weeks the group has learnt
that the future of the Hinkley Point C Project is "hanging
in the balance" after details emerged about problems at a
similar nuclear plant being built at Flamanville in Normandy.
have been found in the bottom and lid of the reactor pressure
vessel which mean weaknesses in the vital metal structure protecting
the outside world from the highly radioactive reactor core. A
similar forging technique may have been used for the reactor vessels
for Hinkley Point C," he said.
the two Chinese companies considering investing in Hinkley Point
C have serious concerns about the European Pressurised water Reactor
(EPR) design, and the financial health of the French company Areva
which designed the reactor."
top of this, the Government is seeking European Commission approval
to hold a 'golden share' in EDFs £24.5bn Hinkley Point
C nuclear power station, which could have the effect of strengthening
pending legal challenges against the plants construction."
the huge renewable resources available in the South-West are becoming
clearer. We have some of the world's best renewable energy resources,
capable of boosting our rural economy and ensuring our energy
security. All that is holding us back from the renewable revolution
is a failure of political will."
Stop Hinkley believes that a programme to deliver a 100% renewable
energy target would create 122,000 jobs. The capital cost of delivering
such a programme would be £59,484m, including £8,784m
on Smart Grid energy storage. This is 72% of equivalent nuclear
costs for delivering the same amount of energy.