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Is the UK's energy policy still technology neutral?

The UK’s decision to approve the construction of a new nuclear plant puts a question mark over whether the government’s policy is still impartial The UK’s decision to approve the construction of a new nuclear plant puts a question mark over whether the government’s policy is still impartial.
By Peter Stewart 22 September 2016 0 31273
Hinkley Point C nuclear plant Hinkley C will meet 7% of the UK's electricity needs. (EDF)

Although the UK’s decision to green-light the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant was widely expected, a review of the project looks set to produce new regulations that could affect future investment in the country’s energy infrastructure. 

The government said that, in approving Hinkley C, it would impose a new legal framework for future foreign investment in what it described as “critical infrastructure”. The state will take a share in all future nuclear new-build projects to ensure that significant stakes cannot be sold without its knowledge or...