05.09.16 Oh Hinkley, what are we going to do with you?

There's an ill wind blowing for Hinkley. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has just produced a report which says that renewable alternatives, plus energy saving measures, would be much quicker, cheaper and simpler than the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant – and also be a lot less controversial. Their report also states that if we all stopped wasting energy then we wouldn't need two fifths of Hinkley's energy anyway. They say building four really big wind farms, other than the one's we're already building like the 300 turbine wind farm (the world's biggest) off the Yorkshire coast just given the green light, could do the same job as Hinkley and at the same time reduce the average annual energy bill by £20. Whether or not Theresa May decides to give the go-ahead for Hinkley it's never going to be plain sailing. With various ongoing legal issues, EDF's perilous financial position and the ever-so-slightly upset French unions (bless 'em) the plug could still be very easily pulled and this time it wouldn't actually be the UK's fault. The UK is already quickly heading for a coal-free future but it could just as easily be Hinkley-free too.

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