5 reasons why we are backing Hinkley Point C

Department of Energy and Climate Change

March 12
13:28 2016

  • New nuclear is the only proven low carbon technology that can provide continuous power, irrespective of whether the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, giving hardworking families and businesses year-round energy security.

  • Hinkley will give a boost to our energy supply and our economy, bringing in billions of pounds of investment into the UK and creating 25,000 jobs during construction. This is about British security and British jobs.

  • Hinkley will power close to six million homes, twice as many as the whole of London, for nearly 60 years, providing 7% of UK electricity. There is no question that new-nuclear is cost competitive. Offshore wind cleared at over 110 / MWh in the last auction for renewables. New gas could cost around 65 / MWh and new-nuclear has all the advantages of providing low carbon, baseload power for decades. In addition, were getting 60 years of power from Hinkley but were only paying for 35.

  • Hinkley will be safe. It will need to comply with the UKs robust nuclear regulations (overseen by the independent Office for Nuclear Regulation) one of the most stringent and safest in the world.

  • Hinkley will be a significant step forward in our transition to a low-carbon future, a milestone in our efforts to reduce emissions and to meet our climate change commitments in the most cost-effective way. Ministers will only approve the deal if it represents value for money for consumers.

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