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Hinkley – redundant technology past its sell-by date

Over the last year a series of reports from financial and energy analysts have concluded that, amongst other things, conventional utility models are no longer fit for purpose. The reports highlight the changes to the old centralised utility model which are on the horizon and the importance of new technologies. They suggest that decentralised energy supply will be increasingly important in the future. The latest issue of NuClear News (No.68 November 2014) looks at a selection of these reports.

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Nuclear Investment – what is China’s motivation?

The Colchester Gazette doesn’t publish letters online which is a pity. This one from Professor Barry Jones is particularly interesting.

Dear Sir

News that Chinese state-owned companies remain interested in the possibility of building and operating a new nuclear power station at Bradwell should remind all readers that nuclear power is not a business like any other business and that Chinese state-owner companies are not companies like any other companies.

Nuclear power remains one of the most dangerous forms of power generation. The Fukushima …

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Nuclear is a choice – not a requirement

The number of energy efficiency measures being installed to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.(1) Yet an ambitious programme of insulating buildings, and producing more energy directly from buildings themselves could net savings to the economy averaging £12.1bn per year from now until 2050.(2)

The government’s energy efficiency policies are in free fall” says Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, “as a result,

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Daily News Roundup

25 January 2015

Hinkley

Michael Meacher: Despite the government’s constant assertion that funding is impossibly tight and that any departure for a rigid status quo by the Labour party is unaffordable, there seems to be no limit to government subsidies gushing into the doomed nuclear project at Hinkley in Somerset. Last year the government offered the French energy company EDF the contract to build a third nuclear power station paid for by increases in electricity bills over 35 years and Treasury-backed loans. Now confidence …

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24 January 2015

Hinkley

Britain will have a “special share” in the French-led new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant consortium to safeguard national security, British energy officials told a parliamentary hearing this week. “The UK will have a special share in the consortium,” energy minister Ed Davey said on Wednesday when asked about safeguards for the project, which is led by French giant EDF and should include Chinese partners. The Chinese firms, CGN and CNNC, are expected to get a stake of between 30 …

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23 January 2015

Hinkley

Austria is to launch a legal challenge to the price deal for electricity generated by the planned Hinkley C nuclear power station meaning a final investment decision on the plant could be delayed by up to two years. Molly Scott Cato Green MEP for the South West welcomed news of the planned challenge.”Greens vowed to support any legal action so I welcome this announcement by the Austrian government. We simply cannot leave unchallenged the European Commission’s clear breach of its …

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23 January 2015

Hinkley

Austria is to launch a legal challenge to the price deal for electricity generated by the planned Hinkley C nuclear power station meaning a final investment decision on the plant could be delayed by up to two years. Molly Scott Cato Green MEP for the South West welcomed news of the planned challenge.”Greens vowed to support any legal action so I welcome this announcement by the Austrian government. We simply cannot leave unchallenged the European Commission’s clear breach of its …

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