Energy giant Westinghouse, which employs 1,500 in Lancashire, will pump £100m into its nuclear fuel factory in the county – if it lands contracts to build the next generation of reactors in Britain. Neil Longfellow, managing director of Springfields Fuels Ltd in Salwick, near Preston, said the key to the long-term future of the factory lay in its parent company building new power stations.
Lancashire Evening Post 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
A CAMPAIGN group from Shepperdine is calling on the government to hold a public inquiry into the potential health implications of new nuclear power stations. Members of Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy (SANE) have asked Ed Miliband, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to hold the inquiry following a public consultation on new nuclear station designs. This consultation, called the Regulatory Justification, looked at whether health risks associated with new nuclear power stations were outweighed by the economic, social and environmental benefits.
Gloucestershire Gazette 2nd March 2010 more >>
Lib Dems want to brand Romney Marsh as a Green Tourism destination.
Cllr Nick Perry Blog 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
National Grid has been told to offer more than just pylons in its consultation. The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) advised the energy supplier it did not give enough information on alternatives to pylons during the public consultation.
This is Somerset 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
THE fate of Wylfa B and the 858 square mile windfarm zone set to be created nine miles off the coast of Anglesey will be decided by an unelected quango based in England. Powers were yesterday given to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to allow it to begin pushing through planning applications for strategic projects.
Daily Post 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
A new state-of-the-art facility in Germany will significantly boost Europe’s ability to identify and characterise minute traces of nuclear material as part of ongoing safeguarding and non-proliferation activities.
Chemistry World 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
Four reactors at the Blayais nuclear power station on the west coast of France continued to operate normally throughout the worst storm to hit the country in over a decade.
World Nuclear News 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
Aboriginal groups are to gather at a public meeting to debate controversial plans to build Australia’s first nuclear waste dump on tribal land. The federal government has identified a remote cattle station north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory as a likely site. The proposal has caused deep divisions within the indigenous community.
BBC 3rd Mar 2010 more >>
Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to emphasize President Barack Obama’s commitment to nuclear power during his remarks at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on March 4. “The president and I are committed to restarting our domestic nuclear industry” as an important part of combating carbon emissions and climate risk, Chu wrote in an advance copy of his planned remarks.
Argus Media 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
German utility RWE suffered a blow in its legal battle on Tuesday to claim a 50 percent stake in the Netherlands’ sole nuclear power plant as an appeals court upheld a ruling that it must stay in public hands. Dutch utility Delta, which owns half the Borssele nuclear plant through local utility EPZ, argued that RWE is not entitled to the rest of the asset as part of its 8.2 billion euro ($11.1 billion) acquisition of Dutch peer Essent in 2009 because of statutes covering the joint venture.
Interactive Investor 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
India’s parliament will debate over the next month a new law to limit nuclear firms’ liability in the case of industrial accidents, a move crucial for U.S. firms to tap into India’s estimated $150 billion nuclear market. Though the bill faces some political obstacles, particularly from the communists, Indian officials and analysts say it will be endorsed because the government had approached the top opposition party and been assured of its support.
Reuters 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
Members of the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CCND) called yesterday (1 March) on fifteen London-based embassies to ask what steps their countries are taking towards achieving international nuclear disarmament. The visits were focused on states which currently own nuclear weapons and those advocating nuclear disarmament. CCND’s action comes ahead of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, due to take place in New York in May.
Ekklesia 2nd Mar 2010 more >>
Letter from Prof John Twiddell: George Monbiot seems to know more about losing friends than about solar electricity. The new UK feed-in tariff for microgeneration supports initial growth of innovative business and industry. This will tail off when the solar, wind and other technologies are established and accepted, as is now occurring in Germany. Monbiot’s errors include: neglecting the opportunities for social housing, care homes, schools etc; neglecting job creation; misunderstanding payments for generation and for sale of actual electricity; not appreciating that microgeneration needs no extra grid cabling and has least transmission losses; implying that unit costs reduce at large scale (why does he use a bicycle?); and not recognising that in practice energy-conscious owners also conserve energy. Last month, George visited a university MSc course I support at Machynlleth, north Wales. The energy-conscious accommodation uses only microgeneration, of which the major electricity component is solar, even in winter. I wish I had shown him the meter readings.
Letter from World Future Council: George Monbiot has lost the plot. Feed-in tariffs are the most successful policy worldwide in accelerating the introduction of renewable energies.
Guardian 3rd Mar 2010 more >>
Houses with low energy efficiency will lose value under government plans to intervene in the property market to help cut greenhouse gas emissions from homes by a third by 2020. Estate agents will be given guidance telling them to take more notice of energy efficiency when deciding the value of homes. Ministers believe that homeowners are more likely to pay for efficiency measures such as solar panels and insulation if their investment clearly increases the property’s value.
Times 3rd Mar 2010 more >>
Homeowners will be able to take out loans for thousands of pounds to pay for insulation and solar panels, under legislation proposed by the government. Under legislation proposed today, homeowners would be able to take out loans for thousands of pounds to install loft or wall insulation or solar panels. These loans would be fixed against the home, so that if the borrower moved out, they would not have to continue to pay. The new owner would inherit the annual charge to pay for the green measures, but would also continue to benefit from the resulting lower energy bills. The government said that the finance – expected to come from retailers such as B&Q and banks including the Co-op – would initially be available on a small scale from 2012, although this would improve.
Guardian 3rd Mar 2010 more >>
Lord Turner has criticised the European Union’s carbon trading scheme for continuing to give billions of pounds in windfall profits to manufacturers. The carbon trading scheme, which is meant to penalise heavy polluters and reward those who reduce their emissions, currently gives out large numbers of “allowances” to companies for free, which can then be sold for cash on the open market.
Telegraph 3rd Mar 2010 more >>