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Well funded

Douglas Turner (Letters, 12 April) refers to “the massive costs that the UK taxpayer will have to bear to decommission the ageing generation of nuclear power stations”. Perhaps readers should be aware that these costs are already funded. The Nuclear Liabilities Fund has assets of £8.8 billion and that is assessed to be appropriate for decommissioning purposes. 

EdF, as the owner of nuclear stations in UK, currently contributes to the fund; the Central Electricity Generating Board and South of Scotland Electricity Board contributed to its predecessor.

In effect, customers have already funded the decommissioning and no further charges should be required.

Colin Gibson

Biggar, South Lanarkshire

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Future costs of UK energy supply

The Scientific Alliance recently published part 1 of an examination of National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios, dealing with security of supply. We are now pleased to publish part 2 - cost of supply. The authors - Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson - conclude that building more gas and nuclear stations would be considerably less expensive than any of the NG scenarios, as well as offering better energy security.

What's New

14 October 2016: Read the new report by Dr Capell Aris, published jointly with the Adam Smith Institute - Solar power in Britain: the Impossible Dream