Sizewell

A coalition of actors, broadcasters and entrepreneurs is warning that building work to replace Sizewell nuclear power station will “lay waste” to swathes of Suffolk’s most idyllic landscape. Bill Turnbull, the broadcaster; actors Bill Nighy and Diana Quick; the novelist Esther Freud and renowned sculptor Maggi Hambling are among those voicing their opposition to the movement of tons of construction materials and waste to and from the site. They say the plans could mean 1,500 lorries a day thundering through the quiet Suffolk countryside, with construction work disrupting the lives of residents and carving up farms and communities for years to come. The energy giant EDF Energy, which runs the Sizewell A and B nuclear power stations, is currently completing a public consultation exercise on plans to build a new replacement plant, Sizewell C, before submitting an application for development consent, with building work on the estimated £14 billion project due to start in 2021. In an open letter published in today’s Daily Telegraph opponents say the plans will not only threaten an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), but also jeopardise the area’s lucrative tourism industry. Campaigners, who also include Matthew Freud, the PR guru, Melvin Benn, who runs the Latitude music festival and Humphrey Burton, the classical music presenter and broadcaster, say the plans also threaten the viability of a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the area, along with the RSPB’s famous Minsmere Reserve. David Wood, chairman of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB said: “The impact will be phenomenal. This is a designated national park that will be virtually cut in two for a minimum of 10 years.

Telegraph 20th March 2019 read more »

Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council said they are disappointed with the energy firm’s lack of detailed proposals for the Sizewell C scheme, which is currently being consulted on. The local authorities said they need to be absolutely clear that the benefits of the project outweigh the disadvantages before they offer their full support. In a joint response to the third and final stage of public consultation, agreed by the councils’ cabinets, they said they support the principle of a development of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell. But the councils warned about issues such as a move away from delivering construction materials by sea to a road-led option which would mean a significant number of additional HGVs on Suffolk’s roads. They also raise concerns about the construction of new pylons and the impact of additional development within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of outstanding natural beauty. The local authorities are urging EDF to work with the councils and share more detail and information to satisfy current concerns before the plans are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

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Family’s dream life in £900k country home faces ruin as EDF plans to build nuclear reactor roads right next to them.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

Hinkley

A NEW consultation has been launched that will give the public a chance to have their say about proposed changes to how cooling water is taken from the Severn Estuary by Hinkley C, and its impact on fish. NNB Genco Ltd was granted an environmental permit by the Environment Agency in 2013 regarding cooling water, and part of this required the company to reduce the impact on the local fish population.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

Energy Policy

The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter is pleased to give our comments on Ofgem’s RIIO2 Sector Specific Methodology (SSM). The EPG has previously given its comments on Ofgem’s RIIO Framework Consultation and has written various blogs pressing for more ambition with respect to RIIO2’s environmental output requirements. We have also argued that we find the RIIO regulatory separation from network charging to be destructive for whole system outcomes and cost effective competition. We think that the network charging regulatory process should be ended and incorporated within the RIIO process. Given the pace of innovation in energy systems, and the challenge of rapid decarbonisation to meet the Paris climate goals, IGov believes that there is a need for a shift in energy governance to steer a transformation to an integrated, socially just, zero-carbon energy system over the coming decades. With regard to Ofgem, there are two levels of change: First, there is much that Ofgem can do, given its existing duties and remit, to support this transformation. As we outline below, we do not think that the RIIO process as currently proposed will be sufficient to drive the necessary changes and support innovation in the sector. We recommend changes to the process and to the working practices of Ofgem, to move its practices into line with wider energy goals, particularly carbon reduction.

IGov 19th March 2019 read more »

Posted: 21 March 2019

Energy Policy – Wales

A collection of 100 policies and proposals aimed at tackling climate change has been published. The Welsh Government plans will see coordinated efforts in areas including power generation, transport, waste processing, housing and agriculture. They also aim to enforce a legally-binding target to cut Welsh emissions by 80% by 2050. However, the vast majority of pledges already exist in different government departments. Previously unannounced pledges include a review of skill gaps for jobs supporting decarbonisation, and the setting up of an expert group to advise on new technologies. The plans also include increasing tree planting rates, ensuring all public buildings are supplied with renewable electricity by 2020, and making all buses and taxis zero-emission by 2028.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

Utilities

Good Energy has defied the gloom of the UK’s energy market by selling more green energy to a growing number of companies with green sustainability targets. The renewable energy company more than doubled annual profits despite a record number of suppliers collapsed under the pressure of rising energy costs last year. Good Energy said it offset the fierce competition in the household energy market by increasing its green energy sales to businesses by almost a quarter. As a result profits climbed to £1.6m, from £700,000 the year before, as eight rivals collapsed and others deepened their losses in the face of rising costs and competition. Juliet Davenport, Good Energy’s chief executive, said demand for green power was rising because major UK companies were making commitments to reduce their carbon emissions, or use renewable energy. “They are looking to their supply chains to do the same,” she said. Ms Davenport said Good Energy’s 150,000 household customers have a total of 600 megawatts of home solar power installed – as much as a small gas-fired power plant.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

UAE

The State of Qatar says the Barakah nuclear plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates poses a serious threat to regional stability and the environment and has called on the IAEA to create a framework for nuclear security in the Gulf. In a letter to International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano, seen by Reuters, the Foreign Affairs Ministry says that Qatar has “serious concerns regarding the operation of the nuclear power plant located at Barakah”.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

France

France’s EDF says earthquake had no impact on Blayais nuclear plant.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

Net Zero

THE Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill is in its early legislative stages in the Scottish Parliament. It will set in place new ambitious targets to reduce Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent by 2050 as well as introducing new powers to set Scotland on course to net zero emissions by a date which is yet to be decided. Scotland is a small, agile nation and has had the leadership in place for many years at all layers of government and business to reach these goals, so we should embrace these targets and work collaboratively to achieving them. The Scottish economy will continue to benefit from low-carbon investment and the jobs and efficiencies it creates. The UK Government in partnership with Scottish minsters has asked the Committee on Climate Change to advise it when the UK economy can achieve net zero emissions. This could mean the UK would become the first amongst the G7 nations. We are proud at BT of the work we have done to reduce our emissions over the last 25 years. We have a big responsibility, as we use around one per cent of the UK’s electricity each year keeping the UK connected, and we continue to reduce our energy consumption year on year. Last year, BT set in place a new pledge to become a net zero-carbon business by 2045. We are confident we can achieve this having put in place a science-based target in line with a 1.5C trajectory in 2017 having met our original emissions target – to reduce our emissions by 80 per cent by 2020 – four years early.

Herald 21st March 2019 read more »

Posted: 21 March 2019

100% Renewables

A few astonishing facts about Uruguay and its quiet renewable energy revolution: currently 95% electricity and 55% primary energy from renewables, chapeau! All potential for hydro-power has already been exhausted, now wind, solar and biomass are next.

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Posted: 21 March 2019

Renewables – Hydro

Councillors have approved proposals for three small-scale hydro-electric schemes in a Highlands glen following a review of an earlier decision on them. The three projects in Glen Etive, near Glen Coe, were among seven that were approved by members of a Highland Council planning committee last month. But one committee member, Andrew Baxter, secured enough support for the review of last month’s consent. There is both support and opposition to the three schemes. Councillors voted on the individual schemes. The campaign Save Glen Etive, landscape charity the John Muir Trust and Mountaineering Scotland, a body representing the interests of hillwalkers, climbers and skiers, are among those opposing them.

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Posted: 21 March 2019