Energy efficient investments ‘could knock £270 off bills’

Investing in energy efficient technologies could help householders save £270 on bills on average. A new study reveals they could also cut energy use by a quarter every year – equivalent to the output of six Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations. Researchers have estimated that investing in technologies like heating, insulation, lighting and appliances […]

Ofgem tells National Grid to cut Hinkley costs

Ofgem has told National Grid to shave 20% off the costs of connecting Hinkley Point. The new nuclear power station which is being built in Somerset, will need a high voltage grid to connect it to the rest of the network. The orginal estimate for building the upgraded connection was £840 million. Ofgem agrees the […]

Fresh talks promised in Hinkley nuclear pay dispute

Unions representing construction workers at Hinkley Point have said they are “hopeful” the dispute over bonus payments could be resolved. They argued the bonus rate offered by BYLOR – made up of French firm Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke – is “insufficient to attract the quality of workers needed to ensure the civil works phase […]

Unions threaten to delay Hinkley nuclear plant construction

Unions have warned the construction of Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station could be delayed if a dispute over bonus payments is not resolved. GMB and Unite will be holding a ballot – from May 2nd to May 5th – of their 700 members working at the Somerset site. The unions argue the bonus […]

UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley nuclear plant

A United Nations Committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) requested the halt because of the UK Government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. It comes after the UN last year said the UK […]

Hinkley is the way forward for the UK, says Angela Knight

  The Hinkley nuclear power plant to be built in Somerset is the way forward for the UK. That’s the view of Angela Knight, Chair at the Office for Tax Simplification and former CEO of Energy UK, who told ELN it is good the nation is starting to redevelop the nuclear industry. Her comment comes […]

Guest blog: Haydn Young – Let’s dump Hinkley C and invest in Plan B

One outcome from Brexit is the need for Great Britain to confidently reinvent itself to the wider world. Good leadership demands decisiveness whether popular or not. Decisiveness creates confidence and respect and it’s time we were bold. Raw deal The UK Government has agreed with EDF that they’ll be able to sell power at £92.50/MWh […]

EDF ‘union board members sue to annul Hinkley vote’

Five staff representatives on EDF’s board have reportedly filed a legal challenge to annul its decision to go ahead with the Hinkley nuclear power plant in the UK. Last month the French utility’s board narrowly voted to proceed with the £18 billion project to build two reactors in Somerset following numerous delays. However hours after […]

EDF boss urges government to go ahead with Hinkley

The head of the EDF has called on the UK Government to give the go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project in Somerset. The plea from Vincent de Rivaz comes following the unexpected delay last month as new Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a review of the £18 billion project. Writing in the […]

Hinkley Point ‘not essential for UK and alternatives cheaper’

The UK can meet its energy and climate change targets without the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant. That’s according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which claims there are alternatives to the proposed £18 billion project that are “cheaper, quicker and simpler”. Its new report found a mixture of established technologies […]