There was uproar when it emerged recently that French customers pay less for their electricity than those in the UK. This led to the accusation that British customers of French group EDF were subsidising customers in France. Much more likely an explanation – as EDF UK’s Vincent de Rivaz asserts – is that currently nuclear power, which provides most of France’s electricity, is cheaper than other forms like renewables or coal more common in the UK. But unless EDF – and the rest of the Big Six – open their books, we won’t know for sure. This sad state of affairs is likely to continue. The British government is terrified that the energy companies won’t build the new reactors and wind farms needed to keep the lights on.
(Time Webb’s Blog) Observer 22nd Oct 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/blog/2008/oct/22/oil-gas-electricity-bills
The oil price collapse threatens renewable energy projects as their viability is judged against the cost of electricity produced from natural gas, which is itself determined by oil. So wind farms face yet another hurdle, just as Ed Miliband, the Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has raised Britain’s commitment to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
Independent on Sunday 26th Oct 2008 more >>
In the investigative report an American veteran who participated in “Desert Storm” accuses the Us Administration of having used a small nuclear penetration bomb with an energy of 5 kilotons between the Iraqi town of Basra and the border with Iran.
Report Iran 25th Oct 2008 more >>
EAST Anglia came to the brink of nuclear destruction at the height of the Cold War, an astonishing new book has revealed. Missiles at RAF Feltwell, near Thetford, and nearby satellite bases were poised to launch within eight minutes with retaliation from Soviet nuclear weapons almost certain.
East Anglian Daily Times 25th Oct 2008 more >>
Turnover has reached £19.2m and Solarcentury operates in France, Italy and Spain as well as Britain. Leggett remains ambitious. “We still think the company is very much unfinished business,” he said. “The solar industry, despite its growth rate, is still a tiny fraction of global energy.” Leggett, who owns 9% of Solarcentury, is still motivated by his environmental concerns. “We are living in a world where more and more people believe solar electricity is going to be cheaper than conventional electricity,” he said. “I believe that is going to be very soon.” Leggett, 54, puts his success down to his perseverance and to hiring a passionate, talented team. “I only hire people who are really enthused about our mission, as well as being good,” he said. “That creates a good culture. That is what has got us through the really tough times.”
Sunday Times 26th Oct 2008 more >>