Hinkley Point “Not Essential” – Richard Black
By Paul Homewood
From Sky News:
A new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point is not needed for the UK to meet its energy and climate change targets, a report claims.
The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) argues that more wind farms and gas-fired power stations would be enough to keep the lights on, while also saving £1bn a year.
The new power infrastructure would also have to be combined with measures to manage energy demand, but the ECIU says its research shows Hinkley Point C is "not essential".
Hinkley Point C would involve French energy firm EDF building two new reactors at the existing Hinkley site, with the plan part-financed by China General Nuclear Power.
But concerns have been raised by intelligence agencies that allowing China to invest in the UK’s nuclear energy market could be a danger to national security.
ECIU director Richard Black said his organisation’s report showed there were other alternatives to avoid an energy black hole in Britain.
"Despite years of debate on Hinkley, we’re still not sure whether or not it’s going to get built – the Prime Minister is due to make a decision next month, but even if she says yes there are many other issues that could derail the project, including legal cases and EDF’s financial woes," he said.
"So we wanted to know how essential Hinkley is for the ‘energy trilemma’ – keeping the lights on whilst cutting greenhouse gas emissions and keeping costs down.
"Our conclusion is that it’s not essential; using tried and tested technologies, with nothing unproven or futuristic, Britain can meet all its targets and do so at lower cost."
The ECIU proposal would involve building four extra wind farms on top of those already scheduled for construction, combined with measures encouraging the population to use electricity more efficiently and productively.
The report claims this approach could save up to £20 per year on average household energy bills.
But EDF Energy dismissed the suggestion, saying that the alternatives presented by the report are "not credible".
"HPC’s cost is competitive with other large-scale low carbon technologies," the company said in a statement.
"It will generate electricity steadily even on foggy and still winter days across Northern Europe.
"It will play a crucial role as part of a future, flexible energy system."
The ECIU is the outfit set up to propagate climate change propaganda, and it is funded by a series of shadowy liberal foundations in the US and Europe. It is headed by Richard Black, formerly the totally objective and unbiased Environment Correspondent at the BBC.
Hinkley is lined up to provide capacity of 3.2GW and annual output of 25.2TWh, about 7% of the UK’s supply.
Mr Black reckons that we can replace this by building an extra 7.2GW of offshore wind capacity, on top of the 5.1GW which we currently have. This would also be on top of the extra 17.4GW, which is already projected to be constructed between now and 2030.
Of course, as we know, the wind does not always blow, so he suggests that we also build 3.2GW of gas generation, to use as back up.
Of course, anyone with an ounce of commonsense would have suggested that we just build the gas capacity anyway, and forget about Hinkley and the heavily subsidised and inefficient windmills!
Currently, offshore wind contributes only 5% to UK generation.
The full ECIU report is here: