Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal

The government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point after imposing “significant new safeguards” for future projects.

Nick Campbell – Energy Risk Manager at Inspired Energy gives his view on Hinkley;

“On one side we welcome some baseload power security and whilst the devil is in the detail, some of the negative connotations associated with this project; cost to the consumer, timescales and issues with the technology, suggest there are more cost effective and timely solutions available.

This is especially true as we move towards an onset of intermittent renewable generation which suggests we need our thermal plant to be flexible to turn up and down quickly in order to meet short falls in generation”.