SGR supports submission criticising nuclear subsidies

SGR Sponsors, Prof Keith Barnham, Prof Roy Butterfield and Prof Dave Webb, and Director, Dr Stuart Parkinson, are among the signatories of a submission to the European Commission criticising proposed financial support for two new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point.

7 April 2014
 

The European Commission is running an inquiry into whether UK state aid for the construction and operation of two new nuclear power plants at Hinkley Point in Somerset is in line with EU legislation. This submission - signed by over a hundred individuals with expertise in energy issues, including academics and politicians from across the political spectrum - argues that it is not. The proposed subsidies are very large and long-term, and are not equally available to other technologies and measures - including energy conservation and renewable energy programmes - which could more effectively be used to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy security.

The submission was co-ordinated by the Nuclear Consultation Group and can be downloaded from: http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/energy/news/european-commission-consultation

The submission was covered in this news report in Climate News Network:

Nuclear subsidy deal 'will kill renewables'
http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2014/04/nuclear-subsidy-deal-will-kill-renewables/