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Downing Street advisers have warned that green energy policies could add 300 to annual household fuel bills, putting them on a collision course with the energy secretary, Chris Huhne. Ben Moxham, David Cameron’s senior policy adviser on energy and environment and a former BP employee, said claims by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that a 30% rise in fuel bills by 2020 would be offset by lower energy consumption through energy efficiency were “unconvincing”. In a note written in July and copied in to other senior advisers at Downing Street including Ed Llewellyn, the prime minister’s chief of staff, policy head Steve Hilton and Cameron’s permanent secretary, Jeremy Heywood, and seen by the Daily Telegraph, Moxham said: “DECC’s mid-case gas price scenario sees policies adding 30% to consumer energy bills by 2020 compared to a world without policies.” While the DECC, headed by Huhne, predicted the impact of green policies on household electricity bills “would be lower due to the effect of other policies, notably energy efficiency measures, in lowering electricity consumption”, Moxham said “we find the scale of household energy consumption savings calculated by DECC to be unconvincing”.
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The Prime Minister has been warned that government plans to get people to reduce their bills through efficiency measures are likely to fail. Mr Camerons senior energy adviser pours scorn on claims by Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, that rises in gas and oil prices will be offset by people using less power. A note by the adviser describes his departments analysis as unconvincing. It warns that the Governments move to increased nuclear power, wind turbines and other measures will add 30 per cent to the average familys annual energy bill of 1,069 by the end of the decade. Mr Cameron is said to be very worried about the figures in the paper, written by Ben Moxham, his senior energy adviser who was recently brought in to beef up the Prime Ministers policy unit.
Telegraph 5th Sept 2011 more >>
A Welsh council is planning to build a temporary village to house building workers during the construction of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. The construction programme is scheduled to reach its peak in 2017 when 6,000 workers will be on site. The Isle of Anglesey County Council has decided to house builders in a mix of purpose built, rented and tourist accommodation if the new nuclear power station gets the go-ahead.
Construction Enquirer 4th Sept 2011 more >>
OPPOSITION is growing to plans to use the rail line for moving consignments of spent fuel from Dounreay to west Cumbria. A local authority lobby group has condemned the proposal, adding to concern already voiced by environmental groups. The Highland Council has also complained about a lack of liaison between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and affected communities. The controversy centres on a 44-tonne payload of uranium/plutonium fuel used to power the long-defunct DFR reactor.
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Haunting images taken in a town close to Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been released showing a community frozen in time. The new set of photographs, taken in the town of Futaba 12 miles from the Fukushima plant, bear grim similarities to those taken in Pripyat, two miles from the Chernobyl power plant. Children’s play areas lie deserted, lonely dogs wander through empty streets, shoes and personal keepsakes are left hastily abandoned in the two towns, both the scenes of hasty evacuations after explosions at the nearby nuclear power stations.
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Irans first nuclear power plant, Bushehr, has been connected to the countrys national power grid, Irans Atomic Energy Organization said, according to state-run Press TV.
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will review the movement of casks at the Dominion Resources owned North Anna nuclear plant located in Virginia, US. A 5.8-magnitude quake, that hit the region last week, caused 25 casks holding nuclear waste to move from its original position.
Energy Business Review 5th Sept 2011 more >>
South Korea-based Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power unveiled plans to invest about KRW6tn ($5.6bn) over the next ten years to improve the safety of its nuclear reactors. Korea Hydro plans to spend at least 7% of revenue secured from sales in developing new reactors with improved safety technology. With this investment, the company plans to manufacture reactors with a lifespan of 80-years as against the existing reactors with a life span of 60 years now. The company currently runs 21 reactors in South Korea and is planning to build seven more by 2017.
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If Alex Salmonds dream of turning Scotland into the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy is to be realised, then the windswept coastland of Caithness, Scotlands most northerly county, is probably where it starts. Ten years after the loss of Dounreay nuclear reactor, Caithness finds itself on the brink of a new wave of prosperity, with a £6 billion renewable energy revolution. Big power companies are eyeing the Pentland Firth, the 15-mile stretch of sea between Caithness and Orkney, as a source of electricity from its turbulent waves and tides. Local people hope that it will bring much-needed jobs.
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