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Some of our favourite articles

To get you in the mood for the European Commission’s decision on the Hinkley Nuclear Subsidy Deal, here are some of our favourite articles and briefings from the past year or so.

Hinkley State Aid Investigation

European Commission launches investigation into Hinkley subsidies, nuClear News No.58 January 2014

European Commission State Aid investigation, nuClear News No.59, February 2014

The letter the EU Commissioner Almunia sent to UK on opening the state aid procedure. An official public consultation could start any …

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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

30 September 2014

Wylfa

Exhibitions and public meetings are to be staged across North Wales as a consultation process into a proposed nuclear power station on Anglesey gets underway. The consultation is the first major step in the planning process for the development of Horizon Nuclear Power’s proposed new plant at Wylfa. The process will last 10 weeks and cover all aspects of Horizon’s proposals, taking in everything from construction to transport to how it might affect the Welsh language.

Daily Post 29th Sept 2014

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29 September 2014

Wylfa

Plans for an £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey go on display later with a series of exhibitions over ten weeks. Horizon Nuclear Power says its proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant will employ more than 1,000 people once it begins working in the first half of the 2020s. The current Wylfa power station will close in 2015 at the latest, after beginning operation in 1971. Horizon is a subsidiary of Hitachi which bought the site in 2012 for around £700m. …

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28 September 2014

Hinkley

Anti-nuclear campaigners looking for someone to blame if Hinkley Point in Somerset finally gets the green light for two new reactors might point the finger at Nigel Farage. Vladimir Putin could also be a scapegoat for the European competition commissioner’s decision to back the UK government’s support for the first new atomic power stations in a generation. But others would say it is less about the politics of European togetherness or energy security and more about the EC commissioner himself, …

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