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Energy Fair in the United Kingdom is a group of six people leading a campaign that claims that the nuclear power industry receives unfair subsidies, consisting of:[1]

In February 2011 and January 2012 the group, supported by other organisations and environmentalists, lodged formal complaints with the European Union's Directorate General for Competition, alleging that the Government was providing unlawful State aid in the form of subsidies for nuclear power industry, in breach of European Union competition law.[2][3]

One of the largest subsidies is the cap on liabilities for nuclear accidents which the nuclear power industry has negotiated with governments. “Like car drivers, the operators of nuclear plants should be properly insured,” said Gerry Wolff, coordinator of the Energy Fair group. The group calculates that, "if nuclear operators were fully insured against the cost of nuclear disasters like those at Chernobyl and Fukushima, the price of nuclear electricity would rise by at least 0.14 per kWh and perhaps as much as €2.36, depending on assumptions made".[4]

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  1. ^ Energy Fair - Who we are, Energy Fair, accessed 2012-01-20
  2. ^ Legal bid to halt nuclear construction[permanent dead link], Energy Fair, published 2011-11-07, accessed 2012-01-20
  3. ^ UK 'subsidising nuclear power unlawfully' BBC, published 2012-01-20, accessed 2012-01-20
  4. ^ "Complaint about nuclear subsidies may prevent new reactor builds". Energy and Environmental Management. 24 January 2012. Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2012.

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