Electricity Market Reform
Government is rumoured to have negotiated the strike price for nuclear below £100/MWh, in a move that could make new nuclear more politically palatable. The Telegraph reported, without quoting sources, that the Department of Energy and Climate Change is close to agreeing with EDF a strike price of between £95.00/MWh and £99.50/MWh for Hinkley Point C. Confirmation of the deal, to guarantee power prices using contracts for difference, is not expected until March. The strike price will be critical to the prospects for EDF’s proposed Hinkley Point C new nuclear plant. Previous figures cited for nuclear have been as high as £160/MWh. Roland Vetter, an analyst at CF Partners, said: “The number coming down makes it more likely that the UK goes ahead with new nuclear, from the political side. A lower number will be easier for the public to digest. “On the other hand, a lower number does make it a bit more questionable whether EDF will go ahead.”
Utility Week 25th Jan 2013
Sellafield workers have urged senior councillors to move onto the next stage of studies ahead of a crunch decision over nuclear storage. The plea has gone out to members of three local authorities – Cumbria County, Copeland and Allerdale councils – to go to the next level of feasibility studies into a disposal site for radioactive waste in west Cumbria. Ahead of a decision on Wednesday, the arguments for and against the move will be debated by MPs, scientists, nuclear workers and industry leaders at a seminar in Carlisle today. Kevin Coyne, a national officer with Unite and the chairman of Trade Unions for Safe Nuclear Energy, said: “The people of Cumbria will not be making any commitments to a geological disposal facility by agreeing to continue with this study.
News & Star 25th Jan 2013
Whitehaven News 25th Jan 2013
Institute of Health & Safety 25th Jan 2013
Anti nuclear campaigners have been demonstrating outside a meeting in Carlisle where the issue of whether an underground nuclear waste store should be built in west Cumbria was being discussed. On Wednesday three cumbrian councils will vote on whether to go through to the next stage of the process and look for a site. Today’s meeting was arranged by the Sellafield Workers union who want want the process to continue.
ITV 25th Jan 2013
Councillors, unions, Sellafield workers and government officials gathered for a seminar at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle. The event was organised by the Sellafield Workers union to put across the argument for an underground nuclear waste store. They are encouraging the three councils, who will decide next week whether or not to look for a possible site to go forward. Those at the seminar were greeted by anti-nuclear protesters waving banners and handing out leaflets putting across their points of view.
ITV 25th Jan 2013
Anti-nuclear campaigners protested in Carlisle as trade union leaders gave their backing to a study into the possibility of an underground atomic store in Cumbria.
Cumberland News 25th Jan 2013
More than 16,000 people have signed an online petition against a proposed nuclear waste site in Cumbria. Richard Parker, who is a representative of the ‘NO Ennerdale Nuclear Dump’ campaign group, presented the petition to Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.
ITV 25th Jan 2013
The Government’s process for selecting a possible underground repository for nuclear waste is wrong, the idea of basing it in Cumbria is flawed and if it goes ahead it will result in costly failure. The damning verdict comes from professor David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow, a retired academic and former member of the British Geological Survey. “I am not against geological disposal in principle. But we cannot permit the Government’s essentially underhand strategy to override the fact that west Cumbria is, by any objective scientific standards, completely unsuitable,” he says.
Carlisle News & Star 25th Jan 2013
Bruce McKirdy: THE only way we can find out if the geology of west Cumbria is suitable for a GDF is if the Cumbrian councils proceed to Stage 4 of the Managing Radioactive Waste (MRWS) process next week.
Carlisle News & Star 25th Jan 2013
WORKERS at a West Cumbrian nuclear plant are urging local authorities not to back out of the search for an underground nuclear waste repository in the county. Next week, three Cumbrian local authorities, Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils and Cumbria County Council, will decide whether or not to proceed to stage four of investigations into the feasibility of a site in West Cumbria.
NW Evening Mail 25th Jan 2013
The chairman of the Lake District National Park has agreed to take part in a question and answer session with Cumbrian businesses after weeks of fierce debate over the future of the Lakes ignited by controversies about Honister’s zip wire plans and the underground nuclear dump debate.
News & Star 23rd Jan 2013
MEMBERS of the public are invited to discuss the potential impact that a third nuclear power station in Suffolk could have on the county’s coastline. Bosses at EDF Energy are holding an additional consultation event on Tuesday concerning its proposals for Sizewell C. It will specifically look at the affect that the potential development could have on the coastline. Both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils asked for the meeting after local concerns about the impact of another power station being built.
East Anglian Daily Times 25th Jan 2013
One Suffolk 24th Jan 2013
Work at a UK nuclear weapons factory has been halted over safety concerns. It followed a routine inspection at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston, Berkshire, by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). An MoD spokesman said: “A regular inspection showed signs of corrosion in a steel column and AWE is now working to inspect the whole building.” But Green Party MP Caroline Lucas criticised the MoD’s “ancient and rickety nuclear infrastructure”. The factory maintains warheads for Trident, the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
BBC 25th Jan 2013
Sergei Gaschak’s photography offers an unparalleled glimpse at animal life inside “the zone”, the area of Ukraine and Belarus that has been officially closed off to human habitation since the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe of 1986. Using camera traps to take photographs mechanically, as well as taking photographs personally, Gaschak has captured what few have been able to see with their own eyes – the remarkable diversity of wildlife within the zone.
Independent 25th Jan 2013
Nukes & Climate
The nuclear energy throughout the world is nearing to its irrelevance, said Dr. John Byrne, Director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and a distinguished Professor of University of Delaware, U.S. on Wednesday. Dr. Byrne has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992 and shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC researchers. Dr. Byrne said, “This technology (nuclear) has a record of unanticipated accidents because of its complex nature. The economic investment required to build and operate the plant is huge and the ecological risks associated with the nuclear plant cannot be denied,” he said. In particular, he noted the repeated negative advisories from credit rating agencies regarding nuclear power. “Considering all the negative sides of the nuclear energy and the available options of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, the nuclear energy is nearing to its irrelevance,” he said.
Hindu 23rd Jan 2013
Nuclear operators, not taxpayers, should cover the costs of necessary safety upgrades as well as pay for everything they are liable for in the event of a nuclear accident, according to a resolution approved by the EP’s energy committee on 24 January. Improving Europe’s nuclear power plants so that they can withstand a natural disaster is estimated to cost up to €25 billion.
European Parliament 25th Jan 2013
The next talks between six global powers and Iran on its ¬nuclear programme are likely to be delayed until February, a diplomat said yesterday, after ¬European officials accused ¬Tehran of stalling on fixing a time and place for a meeting.
Scotsman 26th Jan 2013
Benjamin Netanyahu is to make Iran his top priority amid renewed signs that Israel is ready to launch a military strike to stop Tehran gaining nuclear weapons.
Evening Standard 25th Jan 2013
The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief has underlined to Israel’s president the need to resolve differences with Iran diplomatically, Yukiya Amano’s office said on Friday, rather than war as Israeli leaders have mooted.
Trust 25th Jan 2013
Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission, Thousands of Centuries of Nuclear Waste.
Truth 25th Jan 2013
While the Japanese tsunami of March 2011 was devastating in its own right, the long term health consequences because of the damage to the nuclear reactor at Fukushima Daiichi are also of serious concern. There are a number of factors that have to be considered when assessing the health effects of radiation exposure: for example land decontamination efforts, size of evacuation area, shielding by buildings and terrain and consumption of contaminated food. Jan Beyea, from the US expert consulting service Consulting in the Public Interest, together with fellow colleagues has been analysing previous calculations of the subsequent nuclear accident in Japan, and believes that the number of predicted future mortalities from cancer is higher than originally predicted. ‘Health consequences predicted for the Fukushima Daiichi accident are dominated by “groundshine” gamma radiation from the decay over several decades of dispersed radioactive caesium. Although an individual’s risk is small, the mid-range, predicted number of future mortalities from cancer is closer to 1000 than the 125 figure calculated without considering long-term groundshine [gamma radiation emitted from radioactive materials deposited on the ground].’
Chemistry World 25th Jan 2013
Fukushima crisis update 22nd to 24th Jan.
Greenpeace 25th Jan 2013
Bulgaria holds a referendum on 27 January on whether the country should build a second nuclear power plant. The vote has polarised opinion in the country, where nuclear energy has been a sensitive political topic ever since Bulgaria had to close four of its old reactors at the Kozloduy plant as a precondition for its 2007 EU membership. The referendum is also seen as an exercise by the two main political parties in testing the waters ahead of this year’s parliamentary elections, and a reflection of attempts to break free from Russian energy dominance.
BBC 25th Jan 2013
Letter John Ainslie: Your suggestion, that the debate on why Britain needs nuclear weapons will be shut down because of a focus on Trident and independence (Leader, 25 January), is wrong. It is the combination of the pressure for independence and the crumbling rationale for Britain ¬keeping its weapons of mass ¬destruction that is likely to lead to nuclear disarmament. At their heart, both the SNP’s vision of a Scotland free from nuclear arms and the noble Lords’ rejection of keeping ¬Trident at sea are rooted in concern about the effect of nuclear weapons. The Liberal Democrats have rightly pointed out that we shouldn’t be contemplating flattening Moscow, the largest city in Europe. The more ¬nuclear weapons become the subject of debate, in London and ¬Edinburgh, the sooner they will be banished. The 2014 referendum provides Scots with a chance to seize the initiative and to pull down the house of cards that is the justification for Trident today.
Scotsman 26th Jan 2013
Wind farm nimbyism means 10,000 jobs just went to Ireland.
New Statesman 25th Jan 2013
One theme running through this week’s micro power news is the importance of local authority action. MID Devon District Council has estimated its programme of sustainable energy measures will cut power bills by a third. Fife Council hopes to cash in on the burgeoning renewable energy industry by building its own windfarms which could net more than £20 million over the next two decades as the region faces a £66m shortfall in its budget. Best of all Wrexham Council’s PV installation project is the largest social housing scheme in the UK with almost 3,000 domestic properties fitted with solar panels, and completed in record time – taking only six months from start to finish.
Microgenscotland 25th Jan 2013
The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has today confirmed that initial interest rate for finance packages available under the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme will stand at 6.96 per cent. The underlying rate means that when operating fees are taken into account indicative interest rates on a financing package of £5,000 will range from 7.67 per cent to 7.96 per cent depending on the duration of the loan.
Business Green 25th Jan 2013