A French government-backed company is planning to launch a new retail energy business in Britain, in a move that would mean that it competes directly with EDF Energy and other members of the Big Six. Engie, the newly rebranded company formed from GDF Suez, the energy conglomerate one third owned by the French state, is in talks with a string of British local authorities about the initiative, which could be announced this year. Engie, which employs 20,000 people in the UK and is the country’s top independent electricity generator with 5,000 megawatts of gas, coal and hydro power stations, is a leading supplier of energy to business and wholesale customers. Wilfrid Petrie, the new chief executive of Engie, said he wanted to expand the group’s focus on B2B to include services aimed at domestic households. “We think the time is right for a more integrated offering ,” he said. “Today we don’t have a supply business – a gas and power business – for B2C, but we will review that. Maybe we should – we are looking at different options.” Mr Petrie said that the new business would be unlike existing competitors in the British energy market as it would be offered to consumers through joint ventures with local councils in big urban areas such as London, Birmingham, Southampton and Coventry. As well as gas and electricity, Engie would provide consumers with bundled energy services, which could include district heating from a centralised location, or piped hot and cold water for heating and cooling, as well as insulation, energy-efficiency products and small-scale generation in the form of solar panels or wind turbines.
Times 2nd Jan 2016 read more »
Nukes vs Climate
Charlatans, or planetary saviours? Post-Paris views on the nuclear industry suggest few experts believe it will bring closer a world rid of fossil fuels, writes Paul Brown. Despite the best efforts of nuclear lobbyists, no revival is due any time soon.
Ecologist 1st Jan 2015 read more »
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering installation of an isolation barrier to make sure an underground fire does not reach buried nuclear waste at a suburban St. Louis landfill site. Mark Hague, EPA regional administrator, said the plan for West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton also calls for additional engineering steps such as cooling loops. The barrier will consist of an underground wall. Nuclear waste dating to the Manhattan Project was dumped at West Lake in 1973. An underground fire has been smoldering for years and is now within 1,200 feet.
New York Times 31st Dec 2015 read more »
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in an annual New Year’s speech on 1 January that he was ready for war if provoked by “invasive” outsiders, but he stayed away from past threats involving the country’s nuclear weapons and long-range missile ambitions. His comments stuck to well-worn propaganda meant to lift his image for the elite residents of one of the world’s poorest, most closed countries, and could be read as an attempt to keep ties with rivals Washington and Seoul from getting worse so he can try to turn around a miserable economy and further solidify his leadership.
Independent 1st Jan 2016 read more »
The bishops of South Africa have called for a referendum on plans for new nuclear plants in the country, saying they are unaffordable. The risks of adding nuclear energy to South Africa’s power grid outweigh its economic benefits, the country’s Catholic justice and peace commission said as it called for a halt to nuclear procurement plans. South Africa is in financial crisis and cannot afford the new nuclear plants, reported to cost about $100 billion, the commission said in a December 29 statement by its chairman, Bishop Abel Gabuza of Kimberley.
Catholic Herald 31st Dec 2015 read more »
Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has changed the name of its subsidiary JSC Rusatom Overseas to JSC Rusatom Energy International. The change was agreed by Rusatom Overseas shareholders at a meeting chaired by Kirill Komarov, Rosatom’s first deputy general director for corporate and international business development, on 23 December.
World Nuclear News 31st Dec 2015 read more »
Two Chinese nuclear power companies have agreed to create a joint venture to promote China’s “third-generation” nuclear reactor design, Hualong One, in overseas markets. China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced the plan to establish Hualong International Nuclear Power Technology Co in separate statements yesterday.
World Nuclear News 31st Dec 2015 read more »