Tory Nuclear Obsession to be Paid for by Consumers

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday September 11 2017

Renewables show the way forward for our energy future.

The Tories’ wrong-headed energy policy has been shown up yet again after latest Government figures revealed that energy from renewable sources will be significantly cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power.

The new figures showed that energy from offshore wind would cost the government £57.50 per megawatt hour – while energy from new nuclear plants will cost £92.50 per megawatt hour.

Spiralling costs mean the public will face a £20 billion bill for the new Hinkley Point nuclear plant, while the Tories have cut support for green energy.

Commenting, SNP MSP Gillian Martin said:

“This is excellent news for Scotland’s flourishing and world-leading renewables sector – and shows how misguided the Tories are on energy policy.

“The price of offshore wind energy has been falling for years – yet the Tories insisted on pushing ahead with their expensive white elephant project at Hinkley Point.

“Renewable energy is the future – offering sustainable jobs, economic growth and helping us tackle climate change and meet our environmental targets.

“The Tory obsession with nuclear power is frankly bizarre, particularly given the extortionate cost in comparison to new renewable projects.

“But it is hardly surprising – the Tory failure of our oil and gas sector shows just how little they understand the needs of our energy sector.”



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