ENERGY secretary Ed Davey warned yesterday that he will not do a deal to fund new reactors “at any price” as fears mount that ¬interested utilities cannot afford to build them. Another senior industry source said: “EDF has a huge debt pile in France, and Paris will want to be sure the UK is a good place to put money more than their own market.”
Express 10th Feb 2013
Last November, the lone journalist who cares about this stuff revealed that more than 400 of the recommendations made to improve the safety of British nuclear plants after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan last year still have to be implemented, according to the government’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Just this week it was announced that to clean up Sellafailed was going to cost around £70 billion. Pause a second and ask yourself, what solar, tidal and win energy could you get for £70 billion investment? With Germany threatening Britain by the threat of a good example, the sharp divide between Westminster and Holyrood on English policy may become more of an issue in the weeks ahead.
Bella Calledonia 8th Feb 2013
0817. Government plans for new nuclear power in the UK received more blows this week. Energy expert Malcolm Grimston and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey discuss the issue.
BBC Radio 4 Today Programme 9th Feb 2013
Petition: Subsidies for nuclear power would be illegal under EU law. Propping up an expensive and dangerous industry diverts resources from renewable energy.
Change.org 9th Feb 2013
If you are wondering why Britain’s energy strategy is teetering on the brink, take a look at the financial figures from EDF on Thursday. The state-controlled French nuclear generator is weighed down by debt and is expected to see a sharp fall in earnings this year as France’s economic problems take their toll. It can expect little help from a cash-strapped and consumer-friendly new government in Paris. Why does this matter to Britain? Because EDF is behind the £14 billion project to build the UK’s first new nuclear reactor for decades. This week Centrica said it was scrapping its option to take a 20 per cent stake in the Hinkley Point project in Somerset. The escalating expected construction costs made the investment too risky, it said. Hinkley Point and the other proposed new nuclear stations are central to the Government’s plans to keep the lights on and to meet targets to reduce carbon emissions. Because EDF is under such pressure at home, it simply cannot afford to accept a price which would risk it losing money. So it is playing hardball in the negotiations. For its part, the Government is desperate for the project to go ahead. But not at any price. Experts say there is now a real chance that the deal will fall apart.
Times 9th Feb 2013
This week the Government’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations ran into trouble. Centrica, which owns British Gas, pulled out, blaming increasing costs and delays, and there was speculation that the Chinese might now go into partnership with EDF, the French state-owned company. “The negotiations are ongoing,” the Energy Secretary says. I am very positive . . . But it will depend on getting a price that’s value for money and fair.” The investors want the Government to guarantee a more generous minimum price for nuclear-generated energy, but the minister insists: “They should not get any extra benefits that are not otherwise available for low carbon energy.”
Times 9th Feb 2013
MEMBERS of more than 20 town and parish councils surrounding Sizewell have submitted a critical collective response to proposals for a third nuclear power plant. The Sizewell Parishes Liaison Group (SPLG), set up to encourage infrastructure and social investment from EDF Energy and other local energy developers, has sent a detailed 50-page response to pre-application consultation for two new reactors north of the Sizewell B station. The SPLG said details of construction and cost had not been sufficiently developed to enable full consultation on the impact to local communities, labelling the document “vague and premature, and lacking in specific proposals to compensate the affected local communities”.
East Anglian Daily Times 9th Feb 2013
After eleven weeks of events, exhibitions and meetings, Stage 1 of the Sizewell C public consultation comes to a close this week (6 February). The Sizewell C New Nuclear Build team have met with over 4,000 people over the consultation period, which launched on 21 November, 2012. There have been almost 100 events held in churches, community centres, offices, village and town halls across the county. From Leiston to Framlingham and Lowestoft to Ipswich the public have had the chance to meet with the team and ask questions about the issues that matter most to them.
EDF 4th Feb 2013
People living near the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset could be offered incentives to accept the plan. The government is considering giving communities next to proposed power plants money off their energy bills. In an interview with today’s Times newspaper, the energy secretary Ed Davey hinted it’s proposals will soon be unveiled.
ITV 9th Feb 2013
On one hand we are being told to trust the nuclear experts, the ones that know how to safely handle radioactive waste ( for 1,000,000 years ) but on the other hand the real reality is very different, their so-called safety standards have allowed dangerous waste to end up in a landfill ! I decided to go to the courts with my banner as I feel this kind of carry on should not go unnoticed.
Radiation Free Lakeland 9th Feb 2013
Copeland MP Jamie Reed says the voices of people outside Cumbria do not count as much as those in the west of the county when it comes to the nuclear debate.
NW Evening Mail 9th Feb 2013
German energy giant RWE has warned it will significantly scale back its investment in Britain unless the Government provides “desperately needed” certainty over energy policy. The company, which owns supplier npower, pumped more than £3bn into UK energy infrastructure over the past three years – some 60pc of its European investment and “more than any other energy company”.
Telegraph 9th Feb 2013
A former US ambassador to Mali, has claimed Nicolas Sarkozy’s government paid $17m (£11m) to free French hostages seized from a uranium mine in its former colony, Niger, in 2010. Vicki Huddleston, who has now retired, said under Mr Sarkozy, France paid out as much as $89m (£56m) in ransoms to Saharan criminal gangs and Islamist groups – money which experts said fuelled the rise of the Jihadi organisations which later overran northern Mali.
Independent 8th Feb 2013
The Ecologist’s political writer, Bibi van der Zee, asks whether the German’s energy policy is a crazy punt, or an example to be followed by other states.
Ecologist 7th Feb 2013
The Chinese government has made major investments in renewable energy technology over the last few years. Now, one group reports that wind power generates more electricity than nuclear.
Al Gore 9th Feb 2013
This Yorkshire ‘Passivhaus’ has one radiator, two towel rails and an annual heating bill of just £120. Yet it’s cosy all year round.
Guardian 8th Feb 2013
Britain could have enough shale gas to heat every home for 1,500 years, according to new estimates that suggest reserves are 200 times greater than experts previously believed. The British Geological Survey is understood to have increased dramatically its official estimate of the amount of shale gas to between 1,300 trillion and 1,700 trillion cubic feet, dwarfing its previous estimate of 5.3 trillion cubic feet.
Times 9th Feb 2013