News May 2007

31 May 2007

British Energy

The Government is selling part of its stake in nuclear power firm British Energy, with proceeds going towards decommissioning costs of the company’s eight nuclear power stations. Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling said 400 million shares would be sold, cutting the Government’s stake in the firm from 64% to 39%.ICScotland 30th May 2007BBC 30th May 2007ICCheshire 30th May 2007Telegraph 31st

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30 May 2007

New nukes

Dr Catherine Mitchell, Warwick Business School, and a member of the previous Energy Review Team says: The government has taken a truly depressing step, even by its standards of the past 10 years. By announcing a nuclear future, it has failed to provide adequate and reasoned leadership that its citizens and their future children have a right to expect. This energy white paper has nothing to do with placing …

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29 May 2007

New nukes

A SOUTHAMPTON MP has disputed the Government’s claim that a new generation of nuclear power stations may be necessary to meet the UK’s energy needs. Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, said: “We must challenge the myths that the lights will go out unless we agree to build new nuclear power stations, and that nuclear power is necessary to allow us to meet climate change goals.”This

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28 May 2007

New nukes

The cloud of radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster dissipated fairly quickly, but the cloud of public mistrust that hangs over the nuclear industry has yet to disappear. The British government wants to build new nuclear power stations. That is the right choice but, unless public policy goes hand in hand with some public persuasion, it will not get very far.FT 28th May 2007

Various letters: We hear …

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27 May 2007

Torness

How does it feel to have a nuclear power plant on your doorstep? Alasdair Reid asks the people of East Lothian who have a 1250 megawatt gas-cooled reactor for a neighbour. Sunday Herald 27th May 2007

New nukes

BILL Coley listened to Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling deliver the findings of the government’s Energy White Paper knowing the future of his company was at stake. …

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26 May 2007

New nukes

Tom Burke gives a provisional list of seven elements of the pro-nuclear case, which can be expected to have a full airing in the weeks ahead, along with their antidote: evidence and argument based on economic, political and environmental reality.Open Democracy 25th May 2007

Letter from Prof Peter Smith: There are things to be welcomed in the Energy White Paper, notably the recognition that tidal energy has a serious …

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25 May 2007

New nukes

French power giant EDF is looking for sites to build four or five nuclear plants in Britain, Chairman and Chief Executive Pierre Gadonneix told the Wall Street Journal Europe in an interview published on Friday. Gadonneix said majority state-owned EDF was ready to consider joint ventures with British energy concerns and other companies but would want operating responsibility for the plants. Reuters

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24 May 2007

New nukes

David Lowry: While unveiling to MPs in the Commons the consultation paper on The Future of Nuclear Power, trade and industry secretary Alistair Darling, told them that: “It will be for the private sector to initiate, fund, construct and operate new nuclear plants, and to cover the cost of decommissioning and their full share of the costs of long-term waste management costs.” But who is going to pay?

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23 May 2007

New nukes

The government will today reassert its determination to press ahead with a new generation of nuclear power stations despite evidence of Tony Blair’s inability to convince many of his own backbenchers and the public at large that atomic energy holds the key to security of supply and lower carbon emissions. An energy white paper published today will promise further consultation on the issue as demanded by the high court …

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22 May 2007

Scotland

Alex Salmond plans to block any new nuclear power stations north of the border as his Scottish National party administration starts to flex its muscles at Holyrood. The move, to be spelt out next week, puts him starkly at odds with the Westminster government as Alistair Darling, the trade and industry secretary, prepares tomorrow to back a new fleet of nuclear plants as essential to meeting the UK’s energy requirements …

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