Environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has declared Britain’s new nuclear aspirations as over following Eon and RWE’s decision to abandon plans to build plants in the UK.
German energy giants RWE and Eon have pulled out of their joint venture Horizon and will no longer pursue new nuclear projects in the UK. Friends of the Earth’s Energy Campaigner Paul Steedman said the move meant it was “virtually game over for new nukes” in the UK.
“With energy firms abandoning plans for nuclear across Europe, the government should end its fixation with a technology that has always delivered late and over budget, on the odd occasion it has delivered at all,” he said. “This blows a massive hole in the government’s ill-judged plans for more risky, expensive nuclear power.
FoE urged government instead to focus its efforts on renewable energy sources.
“Filling this hole by increasing our reliance on imported gas - as recent government plans suggest - would be a disaster for bill payers.
“The government must now listen to the overwhelming majority of people who want the UK to turn to the plentiful clean energy sources from the wind, sun and sea on our doorstep, which would create thousands of jobs,” said Steedman.