The Energy Omnishambles

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A loop hole in the Energy Bill could see the return of coal-fired power stations

The government's flagship attempt to reform where our electricity comes from prioritises expensive gas and nuclear over renewable energy, doesn’t even mention money saving energy efficiency and is so complicated that even the energy utilities don't understand it.

Stop climate change

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Climate change isn't inevitable. We have the knowledge, skills and technologies to get ourselves out of this difficult situation. All over the world people have woken up to the threat, and are working to reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop rainforest destruction and get power from clean energy. Still much more needs to be done.

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South Korea's KEPCO urged not to invest in new nuclear power at UK's NuGen Moorside

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11 April, 2017

28 members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea 'Caucus on Post-Nuclear Energy' in South Korea are calling on KEPCO not to invest in new nuclear power or the UK's NuGen Moorside nuclear project. This comes after Greg Clark travelled to South Korea last week to meet KEPCO and seek support for the Moorside project, following the bankruptcy of Toshiba Westinghouse and Engie pulling out of the NuGen venture.

Public support for Hinkley at new low

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13 September, 2016

 In advance of the Hinkley decisionto be made later this month, Greenpeace have released a new poll showing public support for Hinkley nuclear power station is at an all time low.


 Just a quarter (25%) of the 2000 people surveyed by Populus say they support Hinkley, whilst nearly half (44%) oppose it.

7 times the UK press condemned Hinkley nuclear plant

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Artist's impression of Hinkley nuclear plant
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For a brief moment last month, it looked like the Somerset coast was destined to become the home of the most expensive object in the world -- Hinkley Point nuclear plant.

But after a last minute intervention by Prime Minister Theresa May, the government’s nuclear ambitions were suddenly put on hold.

Hinkley: The Nuclear Power Station That Will Haunt Britain For Decades

Posted by John Sauven — 27 July 2016 at 10:48am - Comments

This blog post was originally published on Guardian Comment is Free.

George Osborne’s reputation as a master political tactician may have gone the way of Leave’s £350m a week for the NHS, but the spectre of his misguided energy policy could haunt Britain for decades, and at Hinkley in north Somerset, for millennia.

EDF is throwing good money after bad.

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26 July, 2016

During the General Assembly of EDF today, the shareholders approved a capital increase of 4 billion euros. The state committed to contribute 3 billion, with the rest funded by private investors.

Greenpeace sought a legal opinion in April which warned that the French government recapitalisation could fall foul of European competition law.

John Sauven, Greenpeace Executive Director said,"The French state is throwing good money after bad. But throwing wads of cash at the massive problems EDF faces over Hinkley will not make them disappear. EDF has lost 33 billion Euros in the last decade. It is a telling sign that even EDF’s own employees don’t think Hinkley can be built and people in the UK don’t want or need it to meet our energy needs.

French government plan to subsidise EDF could be illegal warn leading barristers

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22 April, 2016

 Greenpeace and Ecotricity have today released a legal opinion on the French government’s proposed package of financial support for EDF. It is likely to have major implications for the plan to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

  The opinion will cause further disquiet amongst EDF board members at the financially troubled company on the day that the French government’s proposal will be presented to the company.

NUCLEAR hinkley legal advice PDF

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Plugging the energy gap - George Osborne’s trilema

Posted by Graham Thompson — 31 March 2016 at 7:00pm - Comments
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For a long time, many environmentalists were concerned that government efforts to clean up the world’s energy supply were a bit one-sided, in that we were getting on quite well with half the problem – generating clean energy. Meanwhile the other more important half – not generating dirty energy – was being largely ignored.

But here in the UK things have suddenly inverted in a dramatic fashion. Because by the end of this year, we will have 10 fewer gigawatts of coal power than we had at the start of 2015.