Plans for more than 140 pylons connecting Hinkley Point to Avonmouth have been accepted for examination by the government. National Grid applied to install the overhead line which would carry electricity from the proposed new nuclear power station, Hinkley C. The Planning Inspectorate has announced it will hold a six-month inquiry, during which local people can comment. It will then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. Sir Michael Pitt, chief executive for the Planning Inspectorate, said the application “met the required tests” and the decision was made after “careful consideration”.
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RYE and Rother councillor Sam Souster says he believes that Dungeness B is safe and can play a vital role in generating power in the coming years. Cllr Souster spoke out after Green MEP Keith Taylor raised concerns over safety at the nuclear power plant saying it needs to be commissioned as soon as possible and replaced with renewable energy sources. Cllr Souster said: “Dungeness B is safer now than it has ever been. “I have full confidence in the safety and management of Dungeness from the director down. It is managed well and safety is of paramount importance.
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Pete Woolaghan, director of REACT Engineering and CREATEC has joined the line-up of speakers at the Nuclear UK event due to take place on Wednesday 25 June sponsored by Britain’s Energy Coast. Established 20 years ago, REACT Engineering provides innovative and smart solutions to nuclear decommissioning problems. A founding director of the nuclear decommissioning specialist company, Woolaghan is an important figure in nuclear clean-up, with 25 years’ experience in the sector. Alongside his strong track record in nuclear clean up, Woolaghan is one of the founding directors of CREATEC, a research and development business. Specialising in smart imaging systems for the nuclear, road, rail, security and defence industries, the company’s N-Visage radiation imaging system is currently being deployed in a joint venture with REACT within the damaged reactors at the Fukushima site in Japan; it is the only technology of its type in the world.
Place North West 21st June 2014 read more »
The biggest ever investigation into the UK energy market will be unveiled next week by the industry watchdog, Ofgem, amid public anger over high bills and bad service from gas and electricity providers. An 18-month inquiry into claims of collusion and profiteering will be undertaken by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and could end in the big six firms having their businesses broken up and reduced in scale. Energy has risen up the public and political agenda over the past eight months since Ed Miliband promised that an incoming Labour government would freeze prices, scrap the regulator and force large companies to sell off assets. Ofgem is preparing to start the investigation but will not formally announce it until the end of next week. Caroline Flint, the shadow energy and climate change secretary, said she welcomed the additional resources and support the CMA could provide to establish why overcharging, mis-selling and poor customer service had been allowed to go on for so long.
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British Gas has apologised after overcharging a church hall by nearly £10,000 – but only after The Telegraph’s Your Money intervened on behalf of the infuriated church warden. This is the latest in a long list of cases highlighted in these pages where bungling utility companies have failed to correct their errors despite enormous efforts and persistence on the part of out-of-pocket customers.
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Europe & Efficiency
European Commission leaders in Brussels have recommended that Europe aims for an energy saving target of 27% by 2030. The recommendation comes in spite of calls for a more ambitious energy savings target of 40% in a letter signed by Environment Ministers from seven European countries. The Commission’s President José Manuel Barrosa, Energy Commissioner Günter Oettinger and Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard met earlier today (19 June) to agree the figure as part of a set of climate and energy proposals for 2030. Their proposals will need to be formally adopted by other Commission departments
Edie 19th June 2014 read more »
The UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has begun using three SGI supercomputing systems to help build and test the UK’s nuclear deterrent arsenal of warheads. AWE is responsible for making, maintaining and decommissioning the warheads used in the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident system. The SGI’s supercomputer technology will be used to test the warheads in computer-generated scenarios as real-world tests are banned by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The treaty blocks any test that produces nuclear yield underground, underwater, in the atmosphere or in space.
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THIRTY years after she was launched, HMS Tireless is finally being put to bed. The nuclear submarine, who has been described as a Cold War warrior, was given a Decommissioning Ceremony yesterday at the parade ground in HMS Drake. The emotional morning of medal presentations, speeches and prayers also saw the welcome return home of the boat’s company, whose last deployment was extended to search for the missing Malaysian airline MH370.
Plymouth Herald 20th June 2014 read more »
A group of 12 French firms is urging new environment and energy minister Ségolène Royal to set a goal for 5% of country’s electricity to come from solar. The consortium, which includes Solaire Direct and Exosun, has also asked for a 25GW target for installed generation capacity by 2025. According to the group, the sector directly employs 10,000 people and a further 15,000 indirectly. A dedicated solar target of 5% could support 25,000 direct jobs and 35,000 indirect by 2025, they claim. France currently has around 4GW installed. The current target is 5.4GW by 2020.
PV-Tech 20th June 2014 read more »
Iran told six big powers on Friday it would not accept their “excessive demands” after the latest talks on lifting sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear work yielded no breakthrough, with a deadline for a deal just a month away.
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Diplomats in Vienna say they have begun drafting the text of a final comprehensive deal to settle the dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities. But the Iranian foreign minister says key issues remain “unresolved”. It follows five days of talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – in a bid to meet a 20 July deadline for the deal. EU officials say the next round of talks is due to take place on 2 July.
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When more than half of all British householders say they don’t trust any energy supplier, you know the energy market has a serious consumer confidence problem. As research has shown, there’s deep dissatisfaction with energy companies – and these attitudes are undermining attempts to promote energy efficiency, with only 44% of customers interested in having a smart meter installed in their home. With the first phase of the flagship Green Deal home improvement programme signing up just 1,754 householders, it’s clear that there’s still a long way to go to engage the public to achieve the government’s energy efficiency ambitions. Addressing this challenge was the topic at a Guardian’s second Westminster roundtable debate on the energy crisis. Councils should be taking a lead role in overcoming lack of consumer confidence, said Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Lord Teverson. “There is a real issue around getting local authorities more involved. They are trusted more than the Big 6 [energy companies] to make this work.” Consumers will also need to shift their attitudes. “We have got to get out of the 20th-century mindset that the answer to capacity problems is to build great big new power stations,” Yeo added. “The answer is to say to people would you mind switching off for a bit.” Joan Walley, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, agreed: “If you look at the paradigm shift change we need in public attitudes, it’s about people taking ownership of this issue and making behaviour changes. We need more community empowerment, more consumer empowerment and then we will start to get that drive to change.”
Guardian 20th June 2014 read more »
This week’s Micro Power News includes news of FoE’s solar league table of Cabinet Ministers; solar car plant at Cowley; solar Sunderland; solar farming in Hampshire including West Solent Community Solar Farm; renewable heat in Islington; hydro in Durham City Centre and more.
Microgen Scotland 20th June 2014 read more »
The UK government is at risk of losing face because, whilst we have made some good progress on climate policy, we still have no clear exit strategy from coal, the most carbon intensive means of generating power. Instead of an exit strategy, the government have actually been laying the groundwork for a continuation of coal.
Left Foot Forward 20th June 2014 read more »