EU court dismisses Austrian challenge to UK Hinkley nuclear subsidies

Posted: July 17, 2018 by oldbrew in Energy, Legal, News, Nuclear power
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Planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point

One less headache for the UK government’s dogma-driven energy policymakers to grapple with, as renewables fanatics get the legal brush-off on this occasion.

An Austrian appeal against the UK Government’s funding for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been dismissed by the EU court, reports Energy Live News.

The European Court of Justice ruled the government’s contribution to the new nuclear plant in Somerset – being developed by French utility EDF and China General Nuclear Power – does not violate EU rules.

The Austrian Government had sought to overturn the decision as it argued the support contradicted EU policy of backing renewable forms of generation.

The court, however, said: “By today’s judgment, the General Court dismisses the action brought by Austria. The General Court notes first of all that the rules of the European Union on state aid are applicable to measures relating to the area of nuclear energy, such as those at issue.

“Next, with regard to Austria’s argument that the promotion of nuclear electricity does not constitute an objective of ‘common’ interest capable of justifying aid for the development of a certain activity, the General Court states that the objective pursued by a member state must be one of public interest and not solely an objective in the private interest of the beneficiary of the aid. By contract, it need not necessarily be an interest of all the member states or of a majority of them.”

Continued here.

  1. ivan says:

    Now the Germans need to rethink their stance on shutting down their nuclear power stations especially in the light of the problems they are running into with EOL wind generators.

    The greens need to brush up on science and maths. The science to help them realise that a nuclear plant doesn’t produce CO2 and the maths to help them work out that wind and solar energy produces the most expensive ekectricity.

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    ivan says:
    July 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Ivan, it’s not about science or math. It is a religion and so all is done on faith. Bad faith, but faith nevertheless.

  3. Curious George says:

    The very fact that this lawsuit was possible makes brexit attractive.

    [reply] indeed

  4. tallbloke says:

    ECJ looking after the EDF, one of its major lobbyists.

  5. oldbrew says:


    UK Government proposes to greenlight fracking without local planning applications
    It is consulting on the timings and criteria for including shale gas production sites in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime

    All future fracking projects would have to apply for development consent within the NSIP regime – it would, however, only apply to production phase projects and not exploration or appraisal projects for which planning applications would continue to be considered at a local level.

  6. ivan says:

    tallbloke, it doesn’t matter if they are favouring one of their friends, the president has been set – nuclear is good which leaves Germany hanging out in the cold with wind and nuclear shutting down. Where will Germany get their power from in the winter?

  7. tallbloke says:

    Ivan: Russian gas.

  8. ivan says:

    tallbloke, A rather expensive way to keep industry operating.

  9. tallbloke says:

    Ivan: Crazy when we have big reserves of our own.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Smart meters to cut energy bills by just £11, say MPs
    20 July 2018

    In one of the most critical reports yet on the £11bn programme, the MPs also said the government was now likely to miss its own deadline.

    As many as 53 million of them are due to be installed by the end of 2020.

    Grant Shapps, the chair of the British Infrastructure Group of Parliamentarians (BIG), said the programme had been “plagued by repeated delays and cost increases, with suppliers now almost certain to miss the 2020 deadline, and programme benefits likely to be slashed even further.”
    . . .
    The report also said that:

    — Obsolete meters, which don’t always work when a customer switches supplier, will continue to be rolled out until next year

    — More than half of smart meters “go dumb” after switching, meaning they stop communicating with the supplier

    — Up to 10% of smart meters don’t work, because they are in areas where mobile phone signals are not strong enough

    — By the end of the year only 22% of households will have the meters installed, meaning the 2020 deadline is certain to be missed

    — The eventual cost of the programme could even outweigh the benefits
    . . .
    The National Audit Office is already investigating the economic case for the roll-out of smart meters, and is due to report sometime this summer.

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