The South West’s booming nuclear industry is creating opportunities all the way from Gloucester to Plymouth, MPs have claimed, as they stress the UK’s nuclear “revival” will go ahead. Speaking at a showcase of regional industry talent in Westminster, the Bridgewater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger claimed nuclear projects like Hinkley C are “crucial” to the country’s future. He was joined by experts from across the sector, as they debated the life-changing possibilities presented by investment in nuclear. Opening the event in Parliament, Mr Liddell-Grainger argued the UK industry must demonstrate “continuity, confidence and the ability to deliver”. Matt Burley, chairman of the newly-founded Nuclear South West group, also spoke at the event. He acknowledged that nuclear “is an emotive word” which “carries baggage and preconceptions”, but claimed the science backing up the industry is “demonstrably safe [and] demonstrably beneficial”.
Plymouth Herald 12th July 2016 read more »
The joint venture building Wylfa Newydd says there is a “desire” to use the local supply chain and workforce. Horizon Nuclear Power contracted Menter Newydd as the joint venture created to help deliver its lead nuclear build project on the Island. Comprising Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel Management Company, and JGC Corporation (UK) it boasts a wealth of experience and expertise in nuclear construction.
Daily Post 11th July 2016 read more »
ONR continues its intensive assessment of the UK ABWR as it continues to progress through Step 4. Our focus is to identify any further design changes and safety case developments to enable Hitachi-GE to address them within the current timescales. The Environment Agency is continuing to carry out its assessments and is working towards beginning consultation on its findings so far later this year. Natural Resources Wales is also working towards this consultation. AP1000: This period has seen an overall improvement in the Westinghouse approach to GDA closure, following executive level intervention. Westinghouse has revised and extended its schedule and it now seeks to complete GDA in March 2017. The regulators remain concerned about the volume of work to be delivered and will conduct a detailed ‘health check’ this month to inform the level of confidence in the revised programme.
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All EU Member States are automatically obliged to be part of the EURATOM treaty, which promotes the development of nuclear power throughout the EU. It is high time to put an end to this situation, writes Hans-Josef Fell, president of the Energy Watch Group and a former member of the German parliament for the Greens. According to Fell, Brexit will offer a unique chance to dissolve EURATOM: since the UK will have to leave EURATOM as a result of Brexit, it will finally become clear that it is possible for countries like Germany to unilaterally leave the Treaty.
Energy Post 5th July 2016 read more »
Abandoned shops, discarded laundry and traffic lights signalling to empty streets: Eerie images inside Fukushima’s exclusion zone five years after the nuclear disaster.
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France – radwaste
So they sent cops by the tens. We saw them on the horizon, shortly before 6am, thursday the 7th of July. The cops, the vans, the tractors, the bulldozers, the trucks, the helicopters. What a sinister parade came Since the 19th of June, collectives, associations, resisting inhabitents and farmers lived inside and with the freed forest of Mandres-en-Barrois by constructing cabins where ANDRA deforested. While the nucleocrates are trying to legalize the atomic graveyard at the parlement, we joyfully occupied CIGEO’s platform, symbol of the start of the works. This front against the nuclear empire, frail breach, has been opened and held by different ways: sabotages, picnic, occupation, legal work and the bond with more than sixty associations. All of this jammed ANDRA’s machine and pushed it to resort to force. This eviction is absolutely not a defeat. It reinforces our anger, our rage and our determination. It is out of the question to let them keep this wood. To let the cops roam there all day long, to let ANDRA’s mercenaries do their patrols again, to let them start their intolerable works again. For the week-end of the 16th and 17th of July 2016, we’ve called, under the hornbeams and the beeches, for « Worldwide and improvised antinuclear barricades ».
Bure will be their downfall 12th July 2016 read more »
Talks will be held between Bulgaria and Iran to explore the possibility of Iran buying Russian-made reactor equipment produced for the abandoned Belene nuclear project, local media quoted Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov as saying after meeting Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Tehran yesterday.
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Poland’s largest utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) is not giving up its plans to build the country’s first nuclear reactors but the investment may be modified and will not be realized until after 2030, PGE’s chief executive Henryk Baranowski said Tuesday. “Nuclear power will be in the [updated] strategy but the earliest chance to build it will be after 2030 and perhaps in a modified form,” Baranowski said in an interview with the daily Rzeczpospolita. “We are not suspending work on the project. We continue to analyze and discuss it with the government. When we’re ready, we will take the next step, there’s a chance that it will be this year.”
Platts 12th July 2016 read more »
Germany’s parliament has approved a plan that will end renewable energy feed-in tariffs in favor of competitive auctions and clear volumes for wind energy development. It was revealed in early June that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel had hammered out a new agreement with state leaders to restrict onshore wind expansion to 2.8 GW per year, putting a clear cap on the volume of wind energy development. It is expected that the limit for onshore wind will increase after 2020 to 2.9 GW per year, while the offshore cap (applicable from 2021 to 2030) will vary from year to year to ensure that Germany reaches its 15 GW wind energy target by 2030. The new reforms, which also include repowering older turbines, is expected to come into effect in January 2017.
Renew Economy 13th July 2016 read more »
China stands to waste Rmb900bn ($134.6bn) of capital expenditure on power plants that have been given the green light despite adding to overcapacity, Greenpeace warned in its latest report tracking the country’s coal fired plants. An economic slowdown combined with intensive investment in coal, hydro wind and solar power capacity in the past few years has depressed utilisation rates in China, especially for coal-fired power plants and wind farms. New targets for renewable energy and nuclear power as well as plans for further development of large coal deposits in the north and north-west mean that power generators face even greater competition in the future. According to Greenpeace, the environmental activists, plants either approved or already under construction suggest an additional coal-fired power plant per week will come on stream for at least the next four years.
FT 13th July 2016 read more »
Theresa May will show Thatcher-like military might as she asks government to back £205bn nuclear weapons.
Daily Record 12th July 2016 read more »
New Prime Minister to write instructions to commanders of Barrow-built submarines in event of nuclear attack.
NW Evening Mail 13th July 2016 read more »
Trident Vote: Bishop’s urge courageous step towards eliminating nuclear arms.
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There have been renewed calls for clarity on the plan for renewables subsidies, particularly over the arrangements for upcoming contracts for difference (CfD) auctions. The government has been urged to outline how much money will be available and what technologies will be eligible for the three auctions scheduled to take place within the current parliament. Pöyry principal consultant Andrew Kelly said the sector is unsure as to what is going to happen with the auctions. “There’ll be one this year but we don’t yet know when,” he said. “We don’t yet know what kind of budget’s really available. Beyond that we know even less.”
Utility Week 12th July 2016 read more »
Brexit; It’s been the buzz word dominating the media recently and it’s likely to continue for some time. The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left both supporting sides of the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ campaign in a somewhat collective state of uncertainty as to how this decision will impact the country right now and in the future years. There seems to be many questions, concerns and anxieties regarding how this will impact both our personal lives and businesses. Energy Jobline, a specialist energy jobsite, has recently been talking to several businesses specifically looking into how renewable energy employers feel about the recent decision to leave the EU. The fact that clients were not prepared to publicly announce their feelings shows that there are still many uncertainties surrounding the decision to leave the EU and how this will directly affect the renewable energy industry. From our initial talk with our clients there was a general feeling of needing more clarification, but at the same time a belief in the strength of the renewable energy industry and its future in the UK. In these transformative times we need to remember that with change comes opportunity, and renewable energy businesses were quick to highlight that being both adaptive and reactive to changes will essentially determine the future success of their business.
Renewable Energy World 8th July 2016 read more »
A new report has proposed that the city of Leeds should convert its gas grid to an all-hydrogen version by 2030 in order to test the viability of using hydrogen to help meet national carbon reduction targets. The Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has fronted the H21 Leeds City Gate project, which lays out the blueprints to convert Leeds into a “hydrogen city”. A new feasibility report from the project organisers has established that a switch away from methane would be “economically viable”. NGN has claimed that the city should be considered as it has the optimal size and location for the conversion, which could start in Leeds by 2026 at the cost of £2bn, before being rolled-out nationally.
Edie 12th July 2016 read more »
Today, natural gas – composed primarily of methane – is used to heat more than 80pc of homes in the UK. When it burns, it releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that causes global warming. If Britain is to meet its targets under the Climate Change Act, which requires it to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 20pc of their 1990 levels by 2050, it has to find a different way of heating its homes. As yet, there is no firm plan for how to do so. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the Government’s official adviser, warned last month that emissions savings so far have been almost exclusively in the power sector and that “policies are not in place to broaden the sources of emission reduction”. Decarbonising heat is, as Alan Whitehead MP, former shadow energy minister, put it recently, the “elephant in the room”. Most prescriptions so far have involved “the electrification of the heating system”: replacing gas boilers with either direct electric heating, or heat pumps. “As far as customers are concerned, that does mean, among other things, ripping out all their boilers, ripping out the mains, and replacing those with heat pumps,” Whitehead told the Utility Week Energy Summit. “I would predict that pretty much every customer would regard that transition with some horror.” Iain Conn, chief executive of British Gas owner Centrica, was equally forthright: “We pay 5p/kwh for gas, and 15p/kwh for electricity – so this whole idea of electrifying everything is mad, especially when we have got natural gas plumbed into all of the homes. “And if you electrify everything, what are you going to generate the electricity from? For quite a while I’m afraid it’s going to be more natural gas-fired power stations.” An alternative solution, both men suggested, is not to change the heating system, but to change the gas. “Rather than ripping everything out,” Whitehead proposed, “we look at: can we supply, for example, green gas, or different forms of gas supply into the system? Leaving it substantially as it is but actually changing the carbonisation mix of what goes into it – and giving the customer a much better deal.” Several ‘green’ gas options have been mooted; ‘biomethane’, derived from crops or waste, is already being fed into the UK gas grid at a small scale – but this still produces carbon dioxide when burnt.
Telegraph 11th July 2016 read more »
Renewables – solar
The UK’s reliance on coal power continued its downward trend, as solar PV generation overtook coal for the first time during May 2016, according to the latest update from energy analyst EnAppSys. The latest quarterly report published yesterday by the energy market specialist found solar PV produced 1.38TWh of electricity during May, delivering over 50 per cent more power than the 0.89TWh derived from coal.
Business Green 12th July 2016 read more »
Renewables – tidal
A new report by Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, which claims new tidal power generation facilities can be developed at a cheaper net cost to UK bill payers compared to other low carbon, new build power plant technologies.The firm – which is behind ambitious plans to develop a series of tidal lagoon’s starting with one in Swansea Bay – argues subsidies are needed to stimulate investment in all new build power facilities due to a “looming power deficit” in the UK. It adds that the National Grid will need a diverse mix of electricity generation technologies to make up the imminent supply short fall as more intermittent sources come online. The company is currently awaiting the findings of an independent Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) review – expected later this year – over whether to provide Contracts for Difference subsidies to its £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. But while a recent ComRes poll may have found overwhelming backing for the Swansea project among Conservative MPs, the FT reported this week that the project could be undermined by the political uncertainty unleashed by last month’s EU referendum.
Business Green 12th July 2016 read more »
An EDF Energy-funded energy efficiency project has helped reduce bills and carbon emissions at 330 social houses in North East Derbyshire, the firm has revealed. The project, which ran from June 2015 to January 2016, saw the installation of insulation and double glazing into 330 concrete-built ‘REEMA’ properties in the county. REEMA houses were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s using prefabricated reinforced concrete panels and are often difficult to heat, EDF said.
Business Green 13th July 2016 read more »