Letter by former HPC Project Director to The Times


Sir, Your leader suggests that I left EDF Energy because it I did not appear to have full faith in the Hinkley Point C project. Far from it. The reason for my departure was that I was born and brought up in the US and decided to move back to the US so that my wife and I could return to our family.

The economics of the project have stood up to repeated scrutiny. EDF and its Chinese partner are shouldering the construction risks and consumers will not pay a penny until the plant generates its reliable low carbon electricity. Nor is it fair to compare the strike price with today’s depressed wholesale electricity prices. Hinkley will be competitive with all other forms of future electricity generation and its power will be available when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.

Abandoning this would not only deny the UK 7 per cent of potential power supply at a time when it will be most needed but also jeopardises jobs for the 25,000 people who will work on its construction.
 
Chris Bakken
Former Project Director, Hinkley Point C
 

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