Fears raised that foreign utilities giants may back out unless new-build plans are stepped up. The Conservative party pledged to speed up delivery of a new generation of nuclear power stations this week amid concerns over the future of the UK’s £20bn new-build programme. Charles Hendry, the shadow minister for energy, said there needed to be a “much greater degree of urgency” over nuclear. He and nuclear experts expressed fears that German utilities giants RWE and E.ON, which have said they will build two UK plants, may be tempted to invest in their domestic market instead following the election triumph of pro-nuclear chancellor Angela Merkel.
Building 9th Oct 2009 more >>
Nuclear Consultation Evaluation Report
DECC 8th Oct 2009 more >>
F&C Asset Management’s Stewardship fund range still remains undecided about investment in nuclear energy after its decision-making committee debated the environmental benefits of the “clean” energy.
FT 8th Oct 2009 more >>
A second discussion paper on the long term strategy for plutonium management has been published. As part of a long term strategy for plutonium management, DECC has decided to publish two discussion papers ahead of a public consultation. The first was published on the 16 July and considered the factors which could be important when judging one potential option for long term plutonium management against another. The second paper has now been published and considers the decision methodology and timetable for decision making.
DECC 8th Oct 2009 more >>
Thorium needs to be fed a continuous supply of neutrons to sustain a reaction. So far, no one has built a reactor capable of doing this, but a team of scientists led by Professor Cywinski believe they have devised a way of doing so.
Times 9th Oct 2009 more >>
Stormy Question Time in Bridgwater. When pressed over the transport to the potential new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point, Simon Dunford said EDF were considering options including a park and ride system in the town and the possible creation of a new road to take the extra traffic burden. He also added that the company were looking into constructing a temporary jetty on the seafront at Hinkley to transport raw building materials.
This is the West Country 9th Oct 2009 more >>
Oldbury power station has found a new way to deal with waste sludge removal. The direct pour method, which involves encapsulating the waste in concrete, reduces waste volumes, saving time and money.
Nuclear Engineering International 8th Oct 2009 more >>
Household energy bills could soar by as much as 60 per cent unless 200 billion of investments can be found to restore Britain’s crumbling power plants and secure future supplies, Ofgem, the energy regulator, warned today.
Times 9th Oct 2009 more >>
The black-yellow coalition is risking the climate targets of Germany when it prolongues the life time for nuclear power stations without further measures. This according a warning from Jochen Flasbarth, the president of the German Environmental Agency (UBA). The authority advises the Federal Government in environmental questions.When the seven oldest reactors stay open longer than planned electricity production will emit 60 to 64 Million tons less CO2 emissions, but emission trading will not be sharpened, this reduction will not help the climate. Industry will use the allowances in another place. Longer life times will not only not benefit the climate in any way – they would even harm it.
Taz 9th Oct 2009 more >>
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to postpone any decision on extending the lifespans of Germany’s 17 nuclear energy reactors until after a key state election in May 2010, government and industry sources said on Friday. “The chancellor’s view is that there should only be a very general formulation in the coalition agreement,” one source involved in coalition talks told Reuters. Merkel’s preferred centre-right alliance won last month’s federal election.
Interactive Investor 9th Oct 2009 more >>
AN INVITATION to inspectors to look around a previously secret uranium-enrichment plant being built inside a mountain on a heavily guarded military compound near the city of Qom. An agreement in principle to ship some of Iran’s mounting stocks of low-enriched uranium abroad for further processing, to supply a research reactor in Tehran.
Economist 8th Oct 2009 more >>
The disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June is raising questions about whether he defected and gave the West information on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Wales Online 8th Oct 2009 more >>
Scientists have unveiled a new map which could help to predict the threat to Britain’s coastal areas from rising sea levels. Produced at Durham University, the new map, pictured left, shows the levels of land uplift and subsidence since the Ice Age. And it reveals that southern Ireland and Wales – along with southern and eastern England – are continuing to sink, while Scotland is rising.
Morning Star 6th Oct 2009 more >>
A clean coal power plant at Hatfield colliery in Yorkshire is in pole position to collect 165 million in funding from the European Commission, it was claimed last night. The Powerfuel plant near Doncaster, which is co-owned by Richard Budge, the mining entrepreneur, appeared to have won against stiff competition from companies including E.ON, the German power group, which announced on Thursday that it was delaying plans for a new coal-fired station at Kingsnorth, Kent, for up to three years.
Times 9th Oct 2009 more >>
Catherine Mitchell: Far from being a disaster for Ed Miliband, climate change and energy secretary, the decision by E.ON to shelve its plans for a giant coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent, may in fact present a golden opportunity to put in place a truly effective coal policy. Put bluntly, Miliband simply does not have the money to pay power companies to build the carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipment he has demanded to trap and bury some of the emissions from the new plant. The technology is unproven at this scale and would be very expensive. Another potential bonus for Miliband is that he has more opportunity to offer a CCS trial to Longannet power station in Fife. This would be a retrofit – adding CCS to an existing plant – not a new build like Kingsnorth, and as such it should be cheaper and would cut, not add to emissions.
Guardian 9th Oct 2009 more >>
Homeowners in Scotland will be able to borrow up to £10,000 interest free in order to improve energy efficiency. The Scottish government has made £2m available for measures such as better insulation, more efficient boilers or small renewable energy systems. The loans are part of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan, aimed at helping meet a target of cutting C02 emissions by 42% by 2020. Ministers estimate it will cost each household £7,000 on average to do so. The consultation on the Energy Efficiency Action Plan takes a broad view of how energy is used and how its use could be reduced or improved, including potential regulation. Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s Consultation on the Energy Efficiency Action Plan but called for increased funding and effective regulation to cut energy use and create jobs.
BBC 9th Oct 2009 more >>
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Press & Journal 9th Oct 2009 more >>
More than a thousand people, including MPs and business owners, have signed a petition to introduce a scrappage scheme for household boilers. The campaign was launched by Portsmouth plumbers’ merchant Mick Williams and has so far gathered 1,396 signatures. Mr Williams said his idea would do more to help the economy and environment than the car scrappage scheme. The Department for Environment and Climate Change said it had no plans to introduce a boiler scrappage scheme.
BBC 7th Oct 2009 more >>