Campaign Update

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 November 2014


The Scottish National Party has said the financial crisis surrounding the future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant demonstrates yet again the folly of the UK government’s decision to spend huge amounts of public money to subsidise new nuclear power stations. The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is facing a financial crisis as Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors, has seen its shares plunge by almost a …

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24 November 2014


The future of the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud as Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors, has seen its shares plunge by almost a quarter. Meanwhile, the CBI is today calling for the rUK Government to make a final decision on its guarantee/ subsidy for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as part of a package of measures to boost the UK economy. …

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23 November 2014


One of two nuclear power stations shut down after a crack was found in a boiler is safe to use again, regulators have said. Electricity firm EDF temporarily closed down two of its nuclear power stations, Heysham 1, in Lancashire, and Hartlepool, Teesside, in August. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) declared three of the four reactors safe but the fourth, at Heysham 1, requires further safety checks. Hartlepool can now resume operations. The problem was detected during a routine …

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22 November 2014


A fire at the Dounreay nuclear plant resulted in an “unauthorised” release of radioactivity, an investigation has found. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL), the company responsible for decommissioning the site on the north coast of Scotland, said it had identified “unacceptable behaviours and practices” by staff. The fire broke out on October 7 in the prototype fast reactor sodium tank building, where sodium residues from the operation of the reactor are stored. The Dounreay on-site fire brigade extinguished the blaze …

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