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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12532: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to reconsider its position on new nuclear power in Scotland in light of its decision to ban fracking.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 22 November 2017

There are no plans to reconsider our position on new nuclear power, which is that plants should not be replaced under current technologies.

The subsidy contract awarded to Hinkley Point C demonstrates the poor consumer value from new nuclear power, with consumers set to subsidise the station until 2060. With the costs of renewable and storage technologies falling, new nuclear capacity is not needed to meet Scotland’s long term energy needs.

The latest Contract for Difference auction delivered offshore wind at £57.50 per megawatt hour – substantially below the £92.50 awarded to Hinkley Point C. Onshore and offshore wind technologies are not only cheaper, but do not have comparable safety or decommissioning concerns as those significant challenges associated with nuclear power.

Our position will be restated in the Scottish Government's final Energy Strategy, due for publication by the end of 2017.