Crunch talks on the UK’s nuclear rollout programme will take place on Tuesday. Ed Miliband, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will host a conference at which it is thought he will push UK manufacturers to find ways of encouraging British engineers and designers to produce key components for nuclear stations. Under EU legislation a government cannot demand that its own companies have an involvement in such projects. The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, part of the Health and Safety Executive, is also due to announce ideas for station design.
Independent on Sunday 25th Jan 2009 more >>
THE Scottish Government should be stripped of its powers to block new nuclear plants north of the border, according to a veteran Scots Labour MP. Brian Donohoe said Holyrood should no longer have the right to rule over planning applications for new power stations. SNP ministers have declared they will use the powers to turn down any applications for new nuclear stations in Scotland.
Scotland on Sunday 25th Jan 2009 more >>
Scotland could miss out on significant opportunities in the power sector if the government sticks to its decision not to build nuclear power stations, research suggests. A study by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) predicts that while deal activity in the power sector will prove more difficult in coming years, the revival of the global nuclear industry offers plenty of opportunities.
Sunday Times 25th Jan 2009 more >>
Nicola Sturgeon: In A modern Scotland, the scourge of fuel poverty is an outrage. The Sunday Herald is to be congratulated for its “Power To The People” campaign. I agree that Scottish households deserve a better deal on fuel costs. As the recession takes hold and vulnerable members of society struggle to pay fuel bills, energy companies have a moral responsibility to review prices. The figures make for sobering reading: A quarter of Scottish households – more than half a million – are living in fuel poverty. Many Scots have to make stark choices between paying for essentials such as food, and heating their home.
Sunday Herald 25th Jan 2009 more >>
German engineering conglomerate Siemens plans to set up a nuclear power joint venture with Russia’s Atomenergoprom.
Forbes 24th Jan 2009 more >>
Interactive Investor 24th Jan 2009 more >>
A Lancashire power plant is a “potential new site” for a new nuclear power station, it has been confirmed. But Heysham Power Station owner British Energy said it would be looking at putting its southern-based sites forward first when the Government’s Department for Energy and Climate change invites companies to submit potential sites for new nuclear power facilities this week.
Lancashire Evening Post 24th Jan 2009 more >>
ANTI-NUCLEAR protesters say a council’s request for £750,000 from two energy firms to help process plans for a new power station at Hinkley Point are ‘a conflict of interest’.
Bridgwater Mercury 21st Jan 2009 more >>
Obama’s vow to “green” the economy will be made good – the president said he would double the amount of electricity generated from alternative sources such as solar power and wind within three years. More than 2.5m homes will also be converted to cut heating bills. Obama said his scheme would spend some $600bn within 18 months and create up to 4m jobs.
Observer 25th Jan 2009 more >>
Eco Teams, small neighbourhood action groups, have been springing up all over Britain with the aim of cutting bills while being kind to the environment. Their first step is to learn how to conserve energy, recycle, reduce waste and, in turn, save money.
Observer 25th Jan 2009 more >>