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Nuclear Power – Hugh Conway
It has been reported in the Times newspaper that E.ON AG has written to the Energy Secretary Chris Huhne to protest against remarks he made last week at a House of Commons committee hearing suggesting a rejection of a proposed consumer-funded levy to support new British nuclear stations.
Volcker Beckers, chief executive officer of RWE npower Plc, E.ON's joint venture partner in Horizon Nuclear Power has also sought clarification of the remarks .
The partners aim to spend £15 billion building nuclear reactors. At the committee meeting, Huhne appeared to back a proposal from Edf to establish a "carbon floor price," to improve the competitiveness of nuclear power over carbon emitting coal and gas power plants.
RWE and E.ON are said to believe the comments contradict arguments they have presented to Huhne since the general election in May and would give Edf, which owns the existing stations with Centrica an unfair advantage.