Campaigners have called for the Lake District National Park to be excluded from a search for an underground nuclear waste repository in Cumbria. Councils in the west of the county have expressed an interest in taking waste from the Sellafield reprocessing plant. But at a public meeting in Keswick the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) was urged to rule out the national park. The NDA said the park’s geology could make it suitable for a repository. The Lake District National Park Authority has already told the government that a repository “would not be in the long term interests of the Lake District”.
BBC 12th Jan 2013 more »
Radiation Free Lakeland have been sent an anonymous letter. It is from a “Concerned Allerdale Resident” about a “Most Economic Bid” contract awarded to Shortridge Laundry on 22/11/2012. Nothing wrong with that, Shortridge provide the laundry service for some of our most prestigious Lakeland Hotels. What is astounding is that this is a contract with Sellafield to provide laundry services to the Sellafield Site. The letter writer goes on to say “From what I understand, this is laundry from an Active Area at Sellafield. To my knowledge, the Shortridge laundry, which also washes laundry for our local tourist industry (hotels) has no way of monitoring these items or the workers.”
Radiation Free Lakeland 12th Jan 2013 more »
Energiewende might be the most important German word to ever enter our American vocabulary. Thanks to journalist Osha Davidson’s riveting new ebook, Clean Break: The Story of Germany’s Energy Transformation — and What Americans Can Learn From It, the story of Germany’s Energiewende or power shift will hopefully become a driving part of our own energy lexicon. As we transition into President Obama’s second term, and as coal consumption in the global energy market continues to climb, Clean Break is the most inspiring and downright revelatory book to cross my desk this year. Never has a book been so timely; rarely has a book on a country’s journey to a clean energy future unfolded with the verve of a page-turning bildungsroman, with all the facts and figures to lay out a roadmap for our nation’s own transformation.
Huffington Post 20th Dec 2012 more »
Italian grid operator Terna SpA has released interim figures on electricity production in 2012, reporting that electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) generation increased 72% over 2011 levels to 18.3 TWh. According to these figures PV met 5.6% of demand in Italy in 2012, 0.8% more than in Germany. Together hydropower, geothermal, wind and PV met 25% of the nation’s electricity demand, another 13% have been imported.
Solar Server 11th Jan 2013 more »
THE government’s “green deal”, a scheme intended to make Britain’s homes warmer, will actually reduce the rate at which lofts and cavity walls are insulated to save heat, an official report has warned. An estimated 1.2m homes were provided with loft insulation and 900,000 had cavity walls filled last year. However, once the green deal is introduced, that number will this year dwindle to fewer than 400,000 homes receiving either treatment, the study by a leading civil servant predicts. The warning will be an embarrassment for the government, coming just weeks before it launches the flagship green deal policy intended to slash greenhouse gas emissions by persuading 14m householders to insulate and improve their homes. This weekend, the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), which represents the insulation industry, said that the prediction was already coming true, with 1,000 workers made redundant just before Christmas and another 1,200 given notice.
Sunday Times 13th Jan 2013 more »
THE shale-gas driller that claims to have found sufficient reserves to last Britain 70 years has launched an auction to attract a big energy group as a partner. Cuadrilla Resources, which is chaired by former BP chief executive Lord Browne, has hired Jefferies, the investment bank, to sell a stake. It is understood that Centrica, the owner of British Gas, as well as Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP are among those considering buying a share of the company or, more likely, its assets.
Sunday Times 13th Jan 2013 more »
A WORLD-famous scientist has warned that future generations of Scots could suffer ¬serious food shortages unless people accept wind farms as a “necessary evil”. Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the creator of the world’s first cloned sheep, Dolly, said that turbines were vital to reducing the carbon emissions blamed for global warming and an ¬increase in flooding which is destroying food crops.
Scotland on Sunday 13th Jan 2013 more »