Daily News Roundup

21 September 2014

Sizewell

EDF Energy has rejected claims that a process called “steam venting” at the Sizewell B nuclear power station may expose local residents to a health risk. Steam containing elements of radioactivity – well within emission limits imposed by regulators – is occasionally and with considerable noise vented to the environment because of conditions inside the reactor. However, John Busby, a consultant to the coalition of groups fighting plans for a £14billion Sizewell C plant, believes that the process could expose …

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20 September 2014

Hinkley

Plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea are likely to gain EU state aid approval within weeks, according to national media reports this week. Reuters also reported sources saying that while the recommendation would be positive, it would come with “a number of conditions”, and that regulators were still awaiting further information from the UK before taking their decision. Stop Hinkley campaigners have attacked this week’s developments. Spokesperson Allan Jeffrey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Surely the job …

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19 September 2014

Hinkley

European Union state aid regulators are set to approve Britain’s 19-billion-euro (£15 billion) plan to build a nuclear plant with French utility EDF, several people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The case is important for Britain, which wants to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear power and coal plants over the coming decade, and for France, whose nuclear sector would benefit from the major export contract. Other EU countries such as Germany, which is phasing out nuclear …

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18 September 2014

Nuclear Subsidies

The UK’s subsidy proposals for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and new biomass projects are set to move forward as the energy secretary holds crunch talks on Wednesday with the EU’s competition commissioner. The European Commission confirmed the scheduled meeting between Davey and Almunia, but stopped short of saying that a decision could be made A spokesperson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said: “We are continuing to engage with the Commission as it …

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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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17 September 2014

Utilities

The Big Six energy suppliers are among the worst offenders when it comes to poor customer service. And worst of all is nPower, according to an annual survey of the top 100 big brands by consumer group Which? nPower’s customer score was just 57 per cent, but there was strong competition to be the company with the worst customer service from Big Six energy rival Scottish Power, which had a score of 58 per cent, just below Ryanair’s 59 per …

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16 September 2014

Westinghouse

The majority stakeholder of a major nuclear power project in the UK is forming a “contingency plan” should Scotland vote ‘yes’ to independence this week. The chief executive of Toshiba-owned nuclear reactor developer Westinghouse, Danny Roderick, told Construction News he was watching the debate unfold with “disbelief” as the gap tightened between the two camps. Mr Roderick was speaking at a media briefing following the news that NuGen had re-commenced site assessment work this month at its site in West …

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15 September 2014

Hinkley

THE firm hoping to build a third nuclear power station at Hinkley Point should find out within weeks the result of a major EU probe into the deal. EDF Energy’s proposed £16 billion power plant at Hinkley Point has been on hold while awaiting the outcome of the European Commission’s investigation into whether the terms of the subsidy deal struck with the Government constituted illegal State aid. The Commission says the consumer-funded subsidies that could total up to £17.6 billion …

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14 September 2014

Hinkley

Mr Joaquín ALMUNIA receives Mr Edward DAVEY, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Wednesday 17th.

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13 September 2014

New Nuclear

Nuclear power exists for one reason only, writes Ralph Nader – government support. Without the taxpayer subsidies, accident liability waivers and exploited consumers, nuclear power wouldn’t exist. And even with all the above, it can barely hold on. It’s time to end the nuclear boondoggle for once and for all.

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