Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hinkley Point nuclear part 2: will the taxpayer take the risk?

Following up on the news that the UK is to have a new nuclear power station built for a cool £16 billion (US$25.87bn) (see below), I’ve been taking views on the subject and have come to an interesting conclusion: I … Continue reading

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Hinkley Point nuclear part 1: what’s the risk?

While important, there doesn’t seem to be very much surprising about yesterday’s announcement from the UK government about the agreement for EDF and friends to finance, build and operate a nuclear power plant. (As I said below, they will get … Continue reading

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How (I think) Hinkley Point C will be paid for

The more I hear about the imminent agreement between the UK government and EDF Energy over the guaranteed price of electricity from their planned new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, the more controversial the deal seems to be. Here I’m going to … Continue reading

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Future generation: one way out of the energy price problem

In the UK, the news headlines yesterday were about gas and electricity suppliers putting up prices and the problem – both political and financial – of how policymakers can keep down the cost of living while ensuring that energy utilities make … Continue reading

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Pension funds in infrastructure: Size matters

The UK has considerable infrastructure needs for the next two or three decades which aren’t set to be paid for by the taxpayer – not unless one of the two main political parties decides to take on massively more public … Continue reading

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Boris’ London airport plans: unpicking the finance

It is not only “the establishment”, “the Treasury” and “the CBI*” who don’t support London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans for a new giant London airport, as Boris himself said in an interview with the Financial Times last week. It’s private capital. Even … Continue reading

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