Daily News Roundup

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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3 July 2015

Hinkley

Greenpeace and nine German and Austrian utilities selling renewable energy said on Thursday they are launching legal action against state aid for a new British nuclear power plant, which was approved by the European commission. Greenpeace and the others in the group said at a news briefing that the lawsuit would be filed with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in the coming days, over the Hinkley Point C project in south-west England. It would be based on the …

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2 July 2015

New Nukes

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has reaffirmed the UK’s support for nuclear power. At the Nuclear Industry Association conference yesterday, she said nuclear energy plays a “critical role” in the government’s security of supply and decarbonisation goals. She added nuclear power stations are a “vital part of the infrastructure investment needed in our electricity sector to ensure our future energy supply”. She went on to say the government is “committed to a significant expansion in new nuclear in the UK”.

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1 July 2015

Hinkley

Dr Ian Fairlie: Will Labour turn against nuclear power? As Chancellor, Ed Balls would have cancelled Hinkley C due to its massive cost, writes Ian Fairlie. But he never got the chance, and now the party remains muted even though the Government’s nuclear enthusiasm is completely out of kilter with reality. To end nuclear’s grip on Labour there’s only one choice of leader: Jeremy Corbyn. The Hinkley Point C (HPC) project is paralysed with at least five severe problems, any …

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30 June 2015

Flamanville

More safety faults could be uncovered in France’s flagship nuclear reactor being built by Electricite de France SA and Areva SA in Normandy, a regulator warned. “There are difficulties” in the execution of the project, Pierre-Franck Chevet, head of the French nuclear safety regulator, told a parliamentary hearing in Paris on Thursday. “As we enter into the period of startup trials and the qualification phase, there could be more anomalies. We’ll have to deal with them.”

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29 June 2015

Hinkley

Letter Vincent de Rivaz: YOUR report on Hinkley Point C nuclear power station ignored many of the critical arguments in favour of the project and imagined cheaper alternatives that do not exist (“Is nuclear power really worth it?”, last week). Wind and solar power will play an important part in our energy mix, but they cannot provide a reliable energy supply all day and all year round. In a British winter, when demand is high, solar output is low. On …

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28 June 2015

Radwaste

The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for the foreseeable future told a Vermont panel Thursday night his invention will last for 300 years. Kris Singh, president and chief executive officer of Holtec International told the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel that his casks love cold weather and even love being flooded. He said the casks, which are made of two-inch thick stainless steel and …

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27 June 2015

Bradwell

A campaign group is seeking talks with Chinese developers over the future of a new Bradwell nuclear site. Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group has taken the unusual step of seeking direct discussions with the Chinese state-owned nuclear companies who are considering developing their own nuclear power station at the Bradwell site on land owned by EDF Energy. BANNG’s Chair, Professor Andy Blowers, has written to the heads of the China National Nuclear Corporation and the China General Nuclear Power Group …

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26 June 2015

Hinkley

The Austrian government is to file a legal challenge against the EU next week over its recent decision to allow the UK to fund a new nuclear plant using state aid. Austria believes the EU has breached its own rules on fair competition in the marketplace in making the decision, giving nuclear an unfair advantage over renewable energy technologies struggling for investment. Such a legal move will likely delay the UK government’s plans for a ‘nuclear renaissance’ by up to …

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25 June 2015

Hinkley

The Austrian government has announced its intention to take the commission to the European court of justice over state subsidies for UK-based two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. The UK government plans to finance the EDF Energy-developed reactor through subsidies amounting to €130 for each megawatt-hour of power generated over a period of 35 years – an amount which is twice the current market price for electricity. The subsidies – which Austria considers to be competition distorting, illegal state aid …

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