Following an announcement that energy from offshore wind in the UK is now cheaper than electricity generated from new nuclear power, Molly has renewed a call for Hinkley C to be scrapped. Molly, who is Green MEP for the region in which Hinkley is to be built, said:
“I’ve long called for Hinkley to be scrapped. After today’s news on the drop in costs of off-shore wind power, making it so much cheaper than nuclear, only an economically illiterate government would continue with this white elephant.
“The South West is richly endowed with a variety of renewable energy resources, chief amongst them off-shore wind. It’s high time the government ended its ideological pro nuclear, anti-renewables obsession and supported resurrecting schemes that were shelved in no small part due to dogmatic opposition to wind power. The Navitus off-shore wind development in Dorset could have secured enough energy to power 700,000 homes, while the Atlantic Array off the North Devon coast was forecast to power 900,000 homes.
“Wind technology is moving ever faster forwards with innovation delivering ever cheaper energy and overcoming technical difficulties and environmental concerns. Meanwhile nuclear is stunk in the bunker sucking up billions of pounds and failing to deliver.
“Not only through its operation can wind power create many more jobs than nuclear, there is also huge potential to create a new green industrial revolution in the South West. The manufacture of wind turbine blades and components has huge potential to become a major manufacturing industry for the region. Already we see more than £1 million worth of exports of micro windmills manufactured in Stroud by Ecotricity. Meanwhile, in Hull, Siemens has invested £310 million in wind turbine production and installation facilities, creating over 1000 jobs.”
There is expected to be more bad news for the nuclear industry this week when a new edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report is published. It is expected to report on a catalogue of financial difficulties facing the industry and the acceleration in the decline of nuclear energy faced with strong competition and rapid growth from the renewables sector, in particular solar energy.