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Wylfa

Labour has put support for a new nuclear power station in Wales at the heart of its election bid. The party will launch its Welsh manifesto today with a commitment to support the planned Wyfla Newydd station on Anglesey as well as a host of major infrastructure projects. The manifesto will be unveiled in Delyn and follows speculation that Labour could lose all five of its North Wales seats. However, Labour activists will be heartened that UK polls suggest the Conservatives’ lead is narrowing.

Wales Online 22nd May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Moorside

A delegation of executives from State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) is due in London this week. They will meet with representatives from NuGen and the Nuclear Industry Association on Tuesday, the Sunday Times reported.

City AM 21st May 2017 read more »

Construction News 22nd May 2017 read more »

After months of Toshiba Westinghouse’s rather faux bankruptcy and the “on hold” status of Moorside, now (once again) China is in the news as being an “interested party.” Meanwhile the nuclear obsessed unions are baying for ever more public subsidy for new nuclear build despite the growing evidence that nuclear provides negative equity in both health and prosperity. Yes nuclear is a “white elephant” which is already a drain on the public purse into eternity …but it is so much more than a “white elephant.” The Chinese know this and have been out on the streets protesting in their thousands, despite their repressive regime. Here in our green and pleasant democratic land, a lot of effort by government bodies including the National Public Intelligence Order Unit has gone into ensuring the UK public are apathetic about nuclear. The Chinese would be up in arms about Moorside being “on hold” -they would say the plan should be scrapped. Meanwhile reports in the mainstream press blind the public into believing that this is already a ‘nuclear plant’ – it is not – it is greenfields, floodplain and has internationally recognised designations of Conservation….all meaningless, as our democratic government has changed the law to “facilitate” this obscenity.

Radiation Free Lakeland 21st May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Nuclear Futures

With the bankruptcy of Westinghouse and the pending dismemberment of its Japanese parent Toshiba, two ongoing – and way behind schedule and over budget – U.S. nuclear projects are in deep jeopardy. On top of that, the near completion of a Finnish reactor, designed and built by France’s tottering, state-owned Areva nuclear firm, has likely lit a red light to anyone seeking to build a new nuke in Europe. Areva may disappear.

Power Mag 20th May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Westinghouse

Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp, said on Sunday it issued a lockout notice to 172 union members at its nuclear components manufacturing plant in Newington, New Hampshire, declaring that the sides had reached a stalemate in contract negotiations. Westinghouse, which has been operating under bankruptcy protection, began formal negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers in April.

Reuters 21st May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Energy Policy – Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, commented: “We want renewable energy sources to play the major role in meeting Scotland’s energy needs. “At the moment, renewables generate almost 54% of Scotland’s electricity demand. In terms of our overall energy consumption – for electricity, heat and transport – around 15% is currently met by renewables. It’s important to point out that that figure has more than doubled since 2009. “But we want renewable sources to meet the equivalent of 50% of Scotland’s total energy needs by 2030 – this reflects the immense confidence we have in Scotland’s renewables sector, and it reflects our strengths across the range of different technologies. “Now our primary source of renewable electricity is onshore wind. In fact, our current and consented onshore capacity is enough to power the needs of Scottish households twice over. “That’s why we’re so determined to ensure that onshore wind has a viable route to market. And as part of that, we’ve called for Scotland to become the first area in the UK to host a subsidy-free onshore wind farm.

Scottish Energy News 22nd May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Switzerland

Switzerland has voted to follow Germany and start exiting nuclear power as part of a revised energy strategy which will also cut consumption and increase wind and solar power generation. Some 58.2 per cent of voters in a referendum on Sunday backed a ban on new nuclear plants, according to final results. The affluent Alpine state’s five existing nuclear plants can, however, continue to operate as long as they are deemed safe.

FT 21st May 2017 read more »

BBC 21st May 2017 read more »

Switzerland’s so-called Energy Strategy 2050, spearheaded by Energy Minister Doris Leuthard, who is also the current Swiss president, involves decommissioning Switzerland’s five reactors as they reach the end of their safe operational lifespan. Currently, they produce around a third of the country’s electricity. Although the plan does not lay down a clear timetable for phasing out the plants, it does envisage increasing reliance on hydraulic power and solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy sources, as well as reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency. Its targets are ambitious, with the aim being to cut the average energy consumption per person per year by 43 percent by 2035 as compared with levels in 2000.

Deutsche Welle 21st May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

US

A possible leak is being investigated at a US nuclear facility after radioactive material was found on a worker’s clothing. The probe began after a contractor with Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), detected a spike in radiation levels on a device called a “crawler” that had been pulled out of a nuclear waste tank. The discovery follows an incident last week, which forced hundreds of workers to “take cover”, after a tunnel in the nuclear finishing plant collapsed in Washington State. The tunnel collapse had been found by workers on patrol, and while researchers did not find leaked or spilled radioactive materials, it nevertheless caused concern.

Independent 21st May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Local Energy

Stirling and Glasgow councils have been highlighted by the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) in a series of reports which considers how local authorities are continuing to progress various aspects of decentralised energy. It comes at a time when concerns over increasing carbon emissions remains, and it supports the important role in energy policy local government can provide. The report notes that local authorities across the globe are showing an increasing interest in energy. The NFLA report focuses on how councils can promote local energy projects in a challenging financial environment. It notes research and advice by the Association of Public Sector Excellence and the Solar Trade Association on how to unlock finance to fund renewable energy, district heating and energy efficiency projects.

Scottish Energy News 22nd May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

AD

A wind turbine manufacturer is advising that heat-only anaerobic digestion (AD) technology may present a more viable opportunity for some landowners and rural industries than designs incorporating combined heat and power (CHP) systems to produce electricity. Amid the revision of Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs, would-be independent power producers will need to reconsider their options as the market has seen heat-based tariffs rise and feed-in tariffs for farm-scale electricity generation become increasingly limited.

Scottish Energy News 22nd May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017

Biomass

As innovative waste coffee recycling firm bio-beans expands its collection service across the University of Birmingham, the UK Government has revealed that Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants using poultry litter will receive the highest tariffs under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Both the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed that combusting poultry litter – a combination of manure and wood shavings from poultry barns – was a “uniquely sustainable” method for farms to power their operations.

Farmers using CHP stations to power their operations using the poultry litter will now apply for the highest tariff reliefs under the announcement. Farms using CHP biomass plants with poultry litter are saving on average 90% on carbon emissions compared to using liquid petroleum gas.

Edie 19th May 2017 read more »

Posted: 22 May 2017