Campaign Update

Urgent! Write now to your MP to urge them to stop the Government’s windfarm massacre!

As you have no doubt seen in the press, the Government has announced that it is pressing ahead with plans to stop incentives being paid to onshore wind. The cutting edge of the current threat is to ‘close’ the Renewables Obligation (RO) to new windfarms from April 2016. Currently many windfarms are planned to be installed in the final year of incentives being available for wind power (2016-2017), so this action will waste a lot of cheap low carbon energy. …

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Small Reactor Delusion

The Financial Times seems to think that delays at Hinkley Point C will boost the argument for building small modular reactors (SMRs) in Britain.

In reality the nuclear industry is trying to find a silver lining to the cloud which is hanging over it, and using the problems of its own making to squeeze even more funds out of the hard pressed taxpayer. The FT reports that Rolls Royce wants more money for research for instance, and the recent House …

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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-owned 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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Daily News Roundup

7 July 2015

Hinkley

Austria today filed its legal challenge to the UK’s €108 billion support package for the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, writes Oliver Tickell. A second such challenge at the European Court is due from green energy suppliers in Germany and Austria who fear unfair competition from subsidised nuclear power in Poland, Czech and Hungary if the Hinkley C precedent stands.

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6 July 2015

Hinkley

Letter Mark Hackett: Vincent de Rivaz managed to find a day six months ago when there was low wind and solar generation in Germany to justify the “baseload” need for nuclear power. What about the many days when nuclear power in the UK was out of action? Some nuclear stations have had to stop generating because of too much seaweed and jellyfish around their sites, so it is reasonable to question their intermittency. There are many types of renewable energy …

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5 July 2015

Hinkley

I write this blog fully expecting the Austrian legal challenge to the Commission decision facilitating the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project to have finally been confirmed. But as it turns out the Austrians have lots of time and you might not actually here of a development with regard to their lawsuit right up until the 22 nd of July. It seems to have been forever since Vienna first served notice of their intent to object to the subsidisation of …

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4 July 2015

Hinkley

An alliance, including Greenpeace, is appealing the European Commission’s decision to approve subsidies for the British nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C. Germany’s Bundestag is voting this evening on whether to follow suit.

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