On New Years Eve, supporters of a radiation free Lakeland will be taking a 10 minute walk from the centre of the pretty Lakeland village of Beckermet to the biggest crime scene of the year. They will be representing the thousands of people who have already signed a petition to Stop Moorside. The crime is taking place at Petersburgh and Greenmoorside Farm, a beautiful historically fertile lowland area between the Lakeland mountains and the Irish Sea. The drilling of 100 boreholes up to 150m has begun in preparation for 3 proposed nuclear reactors to be built by the same people responsible for Fukushima. The consent for the drilling of the 100 boreholes has been achieved by lies, deception and the dumping of any semblance of democracy.
Radiation Free Lakeland 29th Dec 2014 read more »
In John Dalton’s (Stakeholder Engagement Advisor Radioactive Waste Management) response he stated: “We didn’t want to hold a meeting in Cumbria as this could give the impression that we are just looking at Cumbria, which is not the case. Indeed, such is the interest, that Manchester and Bristol are the least inconvenient for the majority of respondents who expressed an interest in attending such meetings. However, if there is sufficient demand we may hold more such initial events post February, and would intend to hold those in other locations. We will have to review the location depending on the response we get to these two meetings”.
Cumbria Trust 30th Dec 2014 read more »
ELAINE Woodburn is to stand down from local politics at next May’s election, she has confirmed. Councillor Woodburn will be ousted as Copeland’s leader when the borough’s first directly elected mayor takes office – replacing her and her five-member Executive – on May 7. And she confirmed that she will not seek re-election for her Egremont North seat on Copeland Council in the borough elections taking place on the same day. Her decision will end a 20-year spell on Copeland Council, including the last 12 as leader.
NW Evening Mail 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Perhaps inspired by clear messages from the world’s scientific community, 2014 brought the sight of politicians across the globe speaking of the need to transition away from fossil fuels, and acknowledging the scale of that challenge. Here are the trends that defined the global climate and energy debate over the past 12 months. Renewables records keep breaking, and need to continue to do so; Carbon bubble message goes mainstream, but coal power persists; We know we need energy efficiency, now we need to do it; The implications of a low oil price for climate change are far from clear, yet.
Carbon Brief 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Authorities investigating a hacking attack targeting Koreas nuclear power plants said Sunday that emails containing malware were sent to hundreds of workers at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corporation . They were intended to destroy internal files and hard disks. The emails were sent to KHNP workers between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 9 , while the malicious codes were designed to be activated at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10 . The hackers emailed around 5,980 messages to one-third of KHNPs 9,500 staff. The hackers appear to have planned to wreak havoc in the operation of nuclear plants by immobilizing the computers, an investigator said. Its terrifying to think what would have happened if 3,000 computers were disabled simultaneously. KHNP discovered the malicious emails on Dec. 9 and deleted most of them, but four computers were apparently infected and their hard disks destroyed.
Energy Central 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Ukraine was forced to shut down a reactor at its biggest nuclear power plant yesterday following an ‘electrical malfunction’, the second such incident in the space of a month. One of six reactors at the Zaporizhia power station in the south-east of the country was automatically disconnected by the plant’s ‘internal defence mechanism’ at 6am yesterday morning. Workers managed to repair to the fault and the reactor was reconnected to the power grid at 22:35, the plant’s operator’s NPP said in a statement. There are fears for the safety of the Zaporizhia plant as lies only 200 kilometres from the rebel-held Donetsk region. Two of Zaporizhia’s reactors are due to be decommissioned in February having been operating for over 30 years. In May pro-Ukrainian paramilitaries confronted police and security at the plant claiming they had come to remove ‘pro-Russian’ agitators they claimed were operating inside the plant. Zaporizhia produces up to 22 percent of all electricity generated in the country.
Daily Mail 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Ukraine has restarted the unit at a nuclear power plant which was switched off over the weekend after what could have been an electrical fault. A statement on the Zaporizhzhya power plant’s website on early Sunday morning said unit 6 was disconnected to protect “against internal damage to the generator”. It was reconnected to the network according to a second statement later that night. It is the second time the plant has shut down a reactor in less than a month. A short circuit closed one unit at the start of December according to Reuters which reported comments from Ukraine’s energy minister there was “no threat” to public safety.
Energy Live News 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Vermont’s only nuclear power plant stopped sending electricity to the New England grid Monday following more than 42 years of producing electricity. The shutdown came just after noon as the Vermont Yankee plant completed its 30th operating cycle when workers inserted control rods into the reactor core and stopped the nuclear reaction process, the plant’s owner said. In its decades of operation, the plant in the southeastern Vermont town of Vernon produced more than 171bn kilowatt-hours of electricity. During that same period the plant provided 71.8% of all electricity generated within Vermont, or 35% of the electricity consumed in the state, the company said, citing information from the Energy Information Agency. Bill Mohl, the president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, said economic factors, especially related to the natural gas market in the north-east, were the primary reasons for the shutdown. The decision to close the plant was announced weeks after the company won a protracted legal battle with the state, which had been pushing for the plant’s closure.
Guardian 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Reaction in the three-state region surrounding Vermont Yankee is mixed as the nuclear plant prepares to send its last electrons to the grid in the coming days. In Vernon, where Vermont’s lone nuclear reactor is located, many residents fear more damage to the local economy and to the tax base. At the plant, employees are readying for retirement, unemployment or transfers to other nuclear plants owned by Vermont Yankee parent Entergy Corp. Anti-nuclear groups in the region are getting ready to celebrate with a party Jan. 3 at the St. James Episcopal Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Entergy says it is shutting Vermont Yankee for economic reasons. It’s expected to disconnect from the grid Monday.
Fox Business 28th Dec 2014 read more »
Burlington Free Press 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Many nuclear plants are in danger of being closed. Next year, for the first time in decades, there will be fewer than 100 making electricity. The principal culprit: cheap natural gas. In today’s market, nuclear is not always the lowest-cost producer. Electricity was deregulated in much of the country in the 1990s, and today electricity is sold at the lowest cost, unless it is designated as “renewable” — effectively wind and solar, whose use is often mandated by a “renewable portfolio standard,” which varies from state to state.
Oil Price 29th Dec 2014 read more »
An enduring challenge facing U.S. nuclear power revolves around a simple question: What should we do about the waste this process produces? To get some insights, we put this question to a group of energy experts—including a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and a leader of the energy practice at the Boston Consulting Group. Their thoughts are below. This discussion relates to the latest Wall Street Journal Energy Report and formed the basis of a discussion on The Experts blog in November.
Wall Street Journal 29th Dec 2014 read more »
By mid-2015, Turkey wants to build its first nuclear power plant despite all objections and without regard for the fears of those affected by its construction. DW takes a look at the country’s energy policy.
Deutsche Welle 29th Dec 2014 read more »
President Barack Obama has spoken of his ambition to bring Iran in from the cold, saying the long-time US foe could be “a very successful regional power” if it agrees to a deal over its nuclear programme. Just weeks after announcing he was restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba following 50 years of estrangement, Mr Obama said he hoped a nuclear deal would lead to Iran eventually being “reintegrated into the international community”.
Telegraph 29th Dec 2014 read more »
Plans to hide art treasures in underground tunnels in north Wales if a civil or nuclear emergency arose during the 1980s have emerged. The Rhydymwyn Valley works, near Mold, which housed mustard gas shells in World War 2, had been earmarked. Whitehall’s Property Services Agency wanted assurances that the site could withstand flashes or blasts. But the Welsh Office changed its mind about needing an emergency storage base for the nation’s “few valuable items”. Fears of nuclear war with the Soviet Union had prompted government departments across the UK in the 1980s to plan for the worst, papers released by the national archives have revealed.
BBC 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Threats that civilisation would be devastated by “nuclear winter” after conflict with the Soviet Union were dismissed as scaremongering, according to Home Office files. Officials were more interested in monitoring the activities of campaigners opposed to cruise missiles, documents released by the National Archives in Kew reveal. A confidential file on “Nuclear winter – global atmospheric consequences of nuclear war” shows that civil servants in the department’s emergency planning section, F6, decided they did not need to research the disputed phenomenon.
Guardian 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Renewables – solar
Industry associations are today calling on the Scottish Government should do all it can to help encourage the roll-out of more solar power north of the border. The call by WWF Scotland, Lightsource Renewable Energy, and the Solar Trade Association com,es as the organisations published figures revealing that the total installed capacity of solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems in Scotland had now reached 140 Megawatts (MW) – a rise of 32% since last year.
Scottish Energy News 29th Dec 2014 read more »
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