Activists Make Double Trouble for EDF

by Katharine Tatum

In the run up to the Energy Bill published on 29 November 2012, which leading environmentalists agree gives covert subsidies to the nuclear industry, activists blockaded two of EDF Energy’s nuclear power stations. Subsidies for nuclear power will come via two sources: ‘contracts for difference’ that allow utilities to claim a top up from bill-payers if the electricity price falls below an agreed ‘strike’ price, and the hugely expensive legacy of nuclear waste and decommissioning. Dealing with this legacy already accounts for approximately two thirds of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) budget.

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