Check out this report from the Association for the Conservation of Energy:
‘A corruption of governance? How Ministers and Parliament were misled.’at http://www.ukace.org/publications/ACE%20Campaigns%20%282012-01%29%20-%20Corruption%20of%20Governance%20-%20Jan%202012
ACE has done their sums and concluded that energy saving instead of building new nuclear power stations would be £2.2 trillion cheaper over 40 years.
The report also explains clearly how Government decisions on nuclear power have been based on faulty and at times selective use of information.
For example the Labour Government made a decision to build 10 new nuclear power stations without any assessment of long term electricity demand.
The coalition has ignored scenarios developed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change where no new nuclear power stations are needed to meet the government’s own energy goals.
An interesting read.