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Plans for green tidal power axed and eight nuclear power stations announced

Chris Huhne, the energy secretary has announced that the tidal barrage green energy scheme is to be cancelled and instead the UK will get 8 new nuclear power stations.

 

The eight new sites announced for the nuclear power stations will be at Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancs; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Glos; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.  A further three sites atDungeness, Kent, and Braystones and Kirksanton, both Cumbria were not given the go ahead.

 

The new stations will only go ahead if private firms cover the cost of decommissioning the existing ones.

 Mr Huhne said half of our energy needs would come from renewables by 2025, but the proposed 10-mile tidal barrage across the Severn was too expensive at an estimated £30billion. The barrage could  have met 5% of our electricity needs  and supporters of the barrage say it could  have used "green" power to light up one in 20 British homes.