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EU Rules May Delay U.K. Nuclear, Wind Law, E3G’s Burke Says

European antitrust rules may delay legislation on U.K. electricity market reform and put back investment in nuclear and wind power, according to a former government adviser.

The U.K. proposed a shift in energy policy to rein back the market structure put in place over two decades ago to help replace about a quarter of Britain’s power stations preparing to close. Chris Huhne, energy secretary, recommended guaranteeing long-term prices for low-carbon energy such as nuclear and wind power, setting a minimum price for CO2 emissions and providing payments for back-up power stations.