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A big thank you to all those who have donated to our UK Nuclear News Appeal this year, but unfortunately there are still lots of subscribers who haven’t donated anything yet , so we are running at a loss.

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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

1 November 2014

Nuclear Reliability

National Grid says that the country has the electricity generating capacity to meet the average maximum need over the course of the UK winter. But this calculation critically depends on the reliability of power stations as well as an accurate assessment of the true generating capacity of each plant. This article looks at National Grid’s assumptions on power station availability over the next months and casts a somewhat surprised eye on its apparent errors, particularly in calculating the likely …

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31 October 2014

Bradwell

A DEFECTIVE pipe caused an acid leak at Bradwell nuclear power station sparking an investigation at the plant. In late September a “small quantity” of acid escaped from a pipe with all of the fluid contained at the site, on the banks of the River Blackwater. A Magnox spokesman said: “During ongoing decommissioning work of a new water treatment plant, a defect was located within a pipe that allowed a small quantity of acid to escape into a further containment …

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30 October 2014

Hinkley

The UK Government promises that the Hinkley C ‘EPR’ nuclear reactor will lower electricity bills, but Keith Barnham shows that this is the very reverse of the truth. Our best hope is that it will never be built. Legal challenges aside, no sane investor will commit until one of the two EPR prototypes is working, which will be in 2016 at the earliest.

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29 October 2014

Politics

In his campaign to stamp out onshore wind power, communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles has just halted his 50th onshore wind project. Accused by Labour and Lib Dems of exceeding his powers, he overrides local planning systems and inspectors, pulling 85% of wind energy capacity out of the standard process for purely political purposes. Just as onshore wind becomes the cheapest renewable energy source, the Conservatives have committed to effectively abolishing it: their manifesto will pledge to remove …

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