Campaign Update

Large Power Stations will be Obsolete

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has called on EDF Energy to give up its nuclear ambitions following a report from giant multinational investment bank, UBS, which declares that it is “time to join the [solar] revolution”. (1)

UBS says large centralised power stations, like the proposed £16 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could be obsolete with 10 to 20 years. Large power stations will soon become extinct because they are too big and inflexible, and are “not relevant” for future …

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Comment

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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A World in Chains

Since Angie Zelter asked me, over a year ago now, to write a chapter about the connection between civil nuclear power and nuclear weapons for her book “World in Chains”, I have become more and more concerned about the likelihood that nuclear weapons will spread to flashpoints around the globe.

Angie is a well-known campaigner on peace, justice environmental and human rights issues, but she is probably most famous for her work against Trident and her role in the world’s …

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Daily News Roundup

1 September 2014

Olkiluoto

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor will be delayed until late 2018, construction consortium Areva-Siemens said, prompting a disgruntled statement from its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO).Areva-Siemens said the construction of plants, which started in 2005, would not be completed before mid-2016, and that operations were not expected to start until late 2018.TVO, whose owners include Finnish paper companies UPM and Stora Enso as well as utility Fortum , last year estimated the start-up might be pushed back to 2016. It said …

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31 August 2014

Chinese Nuclear Investment

CHINA’S nuclear giants are poised to hire new advisers as talks over plans to build a Beijing-designed atomic reactor in Britain reach a critical stage. Last year the UK government struck a deal with France’s EDF and two Chinese developers, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), to underwrite a pair of reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset with decades in guaranteed subsidies. The £16bn project hinged on two conditions: approval from Brussels …

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30 August 2014

ONR

Following concerns raised earlier this year about the direction currently being taken by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the announcement this week in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s E-Bulletin of 27th August that the Office for Nuclear Regulation has joined the newly convened ‘N-Group’raises major doubts about the Regulator’s independence from the industry it is tasked with policing. According to the E-Bulletin announcement, the N-Group sees the NDA joining together with other industry voices which include the National Nuclear Laboratory …

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