West Somerset MP calls for parliamentary debate on Hinkley C

West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger.

West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger.

First published in News

WEST Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has called for an urgent parliamentary debate into the EU investigation surrounding Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

It comes just a week after former Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, a legal academic, said the deal with EDF Energy over the new power station might not be valid under EU law.

But David Cameron has said he is ‘confident’ Hinkley C will go ahead.

The Prime Minister told the BBC: “Countries in Europe should be able to invest in nuclear energy as part of a balanced plan to provide core energy and to keep carbon emissions down.

“That’s what we’re doing. “I’m sure the commissioner will see that is the point and I’m confident this will go ahead.”

Ministers and EDF agreed on a ‘strike price’ of £92.50 for every megawatt hour, which is almost twice the current wholesale cost of electricity.

This has been called into question by the EU, which is now investigating.

Last Thursday in the House of Commons, Mr Liddell-Grainger said: “Hinkley Point is massively important to this country; it will produce a massive amount of electricity, and it is needed for the security of energy supplies.

“Could we please have time to debate this?

“It has to be pushed forward with fracking because if we don’t, we are going to have the lights going out in the future.”

Mr Liddell-Grainger told the County Gazette: “Mr Howarth’s report seems to have no reason behind it.

“I mentioned it last week to the Commons because it is incredibly important.

“This is one thing nearly all the parties agree with.

“We don’t want to get this wrong and I will be asking for a debate on the matter.

“I’m going to see what we can do to get this matter sorted.”

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1:29pm Tue 20 May 14

PCAH says...

There is no point in a UK Parliamentary debate on Hinkley C until the EU have reached their decision on the illegal level of subsidies. Liddell-Grainger is wrong to claim that Hinkley C is necessary to stop the lights going out because even if it went ahead it would take ten years to become operational. Cameron's 'belief' in Hinkley C is also irrelevant. If excessive subsidies don't rule out Hinkley C, the EU Human Rights Act will, as the continuous discharge of poisonous radioactive gases from all nuclear sites is an infringement of our right to life. On-shore wind and solar will become operational within 18 months of commissioning, so what Liddell-Grainger and Cameron must do is get local planning authorities to grant approval to renewable companies and get on with really saving our lives and becoming self sufficient in electricity supply before 2030 - just like Germany.
There is no point in a UK Parliamentary debate on Hinkley C until the EU have reached their decision on the illegal level of subsidies. Liddell-Grainger is wrong to claim that Hinkley C is necessary to stop the lights going out because even if it went ahead it would take ten years to become operational. Cameron's 'belief' in Hinkley C is also irrelevant. If excessive subsidies don't rule out Hinkley C, the EU Human Rights Act will, as the continuous discharge of poisonous radioactive gases from all nuclear sites is an infringement of our right to life. On-shore wind and solar will become operational within 18 months of commissioning, so what Liddell-Grainger and Cameron must do is get local planning authorities to grant approval to renewable companies and get on with really saving our lives and becoming self sufficient in electricity supply before 2030 - just like Germany. PCAH
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7:53pm Thu 22 May 14

dididave says...

3.6MW Onshore Turbine Each
Will Need Approx 900 of these = Hinkley Point C
So, how big would a wind farm need to be to provide as much electricity as Hinkley C ?
Let’s use the London Array offshore wind farm as a starting basis
The London Array = 630 MW = an area of 100 square kilometres
We would need a wind farm covering about 1,200 square kilometres, which is just a bit less than the area of Greater London

"Plans to build four wind turbines on the Somerset Levels have been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council." ?? - That was for Just 4 Smaller Turbines

"Local opposition to onshore wind development seems to beon the increase.This maybe partly due tothe fact that wind development is becoming publicly perceived as controversial per se and not wanted in there own area's"

"U.K. is set to lose more than 12 gigawatts of generating capacity in the next two years. Currently, the country operates 13 coal plants, but nearly half are slated to close by 2015, and all of them could be shut down by 2023" - 12GW = 6660 Wind Turbines = 9000 square kilometres

Thats Comparable to "New York – 8,683 square kilometers" Just to cover the loss of the coal Stations let alone account for the rising use of electric power.

Get Real
3.6MW Onshore Turbine Each Will Need Approx 900 of these = Hinkley Point C So, how big would a wind farm need to be to provide as much electricity as Hinkley C ? Let’s use the London Array offshore wind farm as a starting basis The London Array = 630 MW = an area of 100 square kilometres We would need a wind farm covering about 1,200 square kilometres, which is just a bit less than the area of Greater London "Plans to build four wind turbines on the Somerset Levels have been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council." ?? - That was for Just 4 Smaller Turbines "Local opposition to onshore wind development seems to beon the increase.This maybe partly due tothe fact that wind development is becoming publicly perceived as controversial per se and not wanted in there own area's" "U.K. is set to lose more than 12 gigawatts of generating capacity in the next two years. Currently, the country operates 13 coal plants, but nearly half are slated to close by 2015, and all of them could be shut down by 2023" - 12GW = 6660 Wind Turbines = 9000 square kilometres Thats Comparable to "New York – 8,683 square kilometers" Just to cover the loss of the coal Stations let alone account for the rising use of electric power. Get Real dididave
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