Nuclear power could be blocked from being developed in the UK and European Union (EU) if a complaint over Government subsidies sent by lawyers to the European Commission is upheld.
Lawyers for the Energy Fair Group and other environmental groups prepared the complaint that says the subsidies breach EU competition regulations.
Action may be taken by campaigners through the UK courts or by politicians lobbying in the Houses of Parliament, aimed at reducing or removing subsidies for developers of nuclear power.
The largest of the four subsidies highlighted in the complaint is the low cap on liabilities for nuclear accidents. The Energy Fair Group argued that operators of nuclear plants should be more robustly insured. It added that its research showed there were more subsidies for nuclear power planned in the UK.
“The Government’s planned Electricity Market Reform is set to rig the energy market in favour of nuclear,” said MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green party of England and Wales Caroline Lucas. “I trust the European Commission will take action and prevent the UK’s nuclear plans from seriously undermining the shift towards new green energy,.
“There is no justification of any kind for subsidising nuclear power” said Energy Fair’s Gerry Wolff. “It is a mature technology that should be commercially viable without support. Renewables have clear advantages in cost, speed of construction, security of energy supplies, and effectiveness in cutting emissions of CO2. “There are more than enough to meet our needs now and for the foreseeable future, they provide diversity in energy supplies, and they have none of the headaches of nuclear power.”