Dear Chris Huhne
Although I would have
preferred the LibCon
Coalition to rule out any new nuclear power stations in the UK, I am
somewhat reassured by the commitment that any new nuclear power stations
should "receive no public subsidy" ("The Coalition: our programme for
", page 17).
As you will know, existing nuclear
installations in the UK enjoy a range of subsidies. These are described
in some detail in the Nuclear Subsidies
report (PDF, 189
KB) from the Energy Fair
group. The report can be
via the link just given but I will send a printed copy to you as well.
main subsidies described in that report are:
on liabilities: the operators of nuclear plants pay much less than
the full cost of insuring against a Chernobyl-style accident or worse.
of commercial risks: operators of nuclear plants cannot be allowed
- Protection against terrorist attacks: at least
some of the cost of protection against terrorist attacks is born by the
- Short-to-medium-term cost of disposing of
nuclear waste: operators of nuclear plants are not paying the full
cost of disposing of nuclear waste.
- Long-term cost of
disposing of nuclear waste: much of the long-term cost of disposing
of nuclear waste will be paid by people who are not yet born.
the cost of decommissioning nuclear plants: the Government bears
the risk of cost over-runs in decommissioning nuclear plants.
support for nuclear power: the Government is providing various
forms of institutional support for the nuclear industry.
would you confirm that these subsidies for existing nuclear
installations will not
be provided for any new nuclear plants in
Dr Gerry Wolff PhD CEng