EDF Energy and Suffolk County and Suffolk Coastal District Councils today agreed proposals which would provide assistance to local parish and town councils in the area around Sizewell to make sure they can make themselves heard effectively during the forthcoming public consultation on Sizewell C. The local authorities recently responded to the Statement of Community Consultation – in which EDF Energy laid out its plans to consult with the public on the proposal to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell. EDF Energy is currently considering their feedback and will launch the first stage of its public consultation in November. And key to ensuring that the consultation is effective is ensuring that the local parish and town councils have the right resources available to make their voices heard.
EDF Energy 29th October 2012 more >>
Dash for Gas
The amount of power expected to be generated from gas by 2030 has quadrupled in the last year, according to official projections that will infuriate green campaigners who are demanding greater use of renewable energy sources. They claim that the statistics, buried in recently published government documents, will leave the country unable to meet its carbon emission targets. The figures will reinforce the sense that chancellor George Osborne is winning his battle to downgrade the role of green energy in favour of a dash for gas. Data from the department of energy and climate change show the amount of power being generated from gas by 2030 leapt from 8GW in its 2011 projections to 31GW in the same projections 12 months later. The data also show that, as it stands, the carbon targets for the 2020s – called the fourth carbon budget – will be broken. Davey said: "We need more gas-fired power stations to keep the lights on, but the vast majority of this will be to replace old polluting plants. It will be alongside new nuclear, CCS [carbon capture and storage] and the continued deployment of renewables, and it will under no circumstances be allowed to jeopardise our legally binding carbon budgets."
Observer 3rd Nov 2012 more >>
IT WAS the speech that was never to be heard. John Hayes, the new Tory energy minister, wanted to make a splash with an address calling for a halt to onshore wind farms, a bugbear of rural Tory constituencies. Ed Davey, his Liberal Democrat superior at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, made it clear that the speech would never see the light of day. After all, onshore turbines, the cheapest form of renewable power, are central to the government’s policy. Somehow, Hayes’ “enough is enough” speech found its way into the newspapers last week. It would have been funny if the coalition chaos that ensued had been a one-off. Sadly, it is not. Britain’s energy policy is a shambles. From April next year, polluters will have to pay at least £16 for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit. The windfall may be good for the government coffers, but it threatens to make the supply crunch worse. “It means that coal is absolutely dead in this country.” The tax is also likely to push the older, less-efficient gas plants that produce about 10GW of power — enough for 10m homes — into extinction.
Sunday Times 4th Nov 2012 more >>
The UK is to host a series of new nuclear plants of the same basic type as at Fukushima- Boiling Water Reactors, following Hitachi’s takeover of the Horizon nuclear programme, which aims to build coastal plants at Oldbury in Gloucestershire and Anglesey in WalesE.ON and RWE had previously pulled out. The new plants will be Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR), with improved safety features, some of which have already been built in Japan. But, following theFukushima accident, the Japanese government has decided to phase out all nuclear capacity‘in the 2030s’.All its nuclear plants were shut down for testing after the accident, but two have now been restarted and work had recommenced on one part-built plant. Despite massive public opposition, further restarts may follow. However, it seems unlikely that any new ones will be ordered, whereas in the UK there is strong government support for new nuclear.
Dave Elliott’s Blog 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
HINKLEY Point A nuclear power station has been labelled as the “greatest source of industrial dea-ths” in Somerset in the last 25 years by a coroner. At an inquest into the death of a Bridgwater pensioner, coroner Michael Rose said up to 50 former workers at the plant may have died from an asbestos-related disease.
This is the West Country 3rd Nov 2012 more >>
Hitachi confirmed it will progress with Horizon’s plans to build between two to three new nuclear plants at each of its sites at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire, with the first becoming operational in the early 2020s. About 60 per cent of the value of the first plant will be spent on locally sourced materials. British companies Babcock International and Rolls-Royce have signed Memorandums of Understanding with Hitachi and will help plan and deliver the building programme. Hitachi has also committed to sourcing a local workforce for the building sites. Construction work at the two sites is expected to lead to 12,000 jobs and there will be 1,000 permanent posts once the plants are operational.
Supply Management 4th Nov 2012 more >>
Iran has suspended the enrichment of uranium stockpiles to the 20% purity needed to bring it a short step from building a nuclear device, news services in the region have reported. Mohammad Hossein Asfari, a member of parliament responsible for foreign policy and national security, was quoted as saying that the move was a "goodwill" gesture, aimed at softening Iran’s position before a new round of scheduled talks with the United States after this week’s presidential elections.
Guardian 4th Nov 2012 more >>
Four out of the six members of a government team drafting new safety standards for nuclear reactors have received thousands of dollars in grants from the nuclear industry, according to a report. The four experts have received between 3 million yen ($37,000) and 27 million yen each in grants, donations and compensation in the past three to four years, Kyodo News reported late on Saturday, citing data disclosed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).
AFP 4th Nov 2012 more >>
Japan Today 4th Nov 2012 more >>
DESPITE 70 per cent of Scots being against nuclear weapons, all of Britain’s 200 warheads are based on the Clyde. Yet the SNP were accused of naivety for voting to ban nuclear weapons in an independent Scotland. The biggest surprise has been the total silence of Tory poster girl Johann Lamont, while others in Labour claim we need to renew or keep Trident or lose thousands of jobs.
Sunday Sun 4th Nov 2012 more >>
THE west coast of Scotland is being tipped by the UK authorities to dominate a new phase of deep-water offshore wind development with floating turbines that could see Scotland overtake England as the main player in the sector in a few years’ time. Ronnie Quinn, senior development manager at The Crown Estate, which manages British waters, confirmed he was in the early stages of planning a fourth round of offshore wind development that is likely to exceed the 25GW of concessions that have been handed out for round three.
Herald 4th Nov 2012 more >>