News August 2008

31 August 2008

British Energy

Centrica is being barred by the government from making a solo bid for British Energy, according to one of the nuclear generator’s largest institutional shareholders. The shareholder, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also questioned why preferred bidder EDF retains the ‘irrational total support’ of the government. He said that a merger with Centrica to create a British champion would be better for shareholders because they could get a higher price and retain shares in the combined entity. ‘But …

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30 August 2008

Hunterston

British Energy reports 70% power generation at Hunterston B nuclear plant. British Energy has announced the return to service of Hunterston B nuclear power station, and achievement of the target of reaching 70% power generation on both units, sufficient for the needs of around one million homes.

Datamonitor 29th Aug 2008 more >>

Scotland

Alex Salmond’s hand-picked team of economic advisers have told the First Minister to think again about his opposition to nuclear power.

Telegraoh 29th Aug 2008 more

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29 August 2008

Nuclear Skills

Britain’s plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations will face a fierce challenge for skills and resources from countries keen to build their own, according to research published today. China has plans for 24 nuclear plants and outline proposals for another 76, according to the Economic Research Council, using figures from the International Energy Agency and the IAEA.

Guardian 29th Aug 2008 more >>

Sellafield

SELLAFIELD has been thrown into turmoil by the effects of the strike threat …

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28 August 2008

British Energy

Anyone who went off to the beach a month ago in the expectation that the future of Britain’s nuclear industry had been settled will be returning to a serious disappointment. The structure of the industry is still undecided, while the government maintains the fiction that it is a question that can be resolved by the private sector alone. With the security of Britain’s energy supplies at stake, this muddle and confusion is dismaying. British Energy is the UK’s principal …

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27 August 2008

New Nukes

Tom Burke: The government is pinning its hopes on a nuclear renaissance to meet Britain’s climate change goals. Planning procedures are being eased and hidden subsidies offered. But the policy is based on a misunderstanding of nuclear power’s lousy economics, and will fail.

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Nuclear Waste

Some unsettling news appeared in the Independent over the weekend, which revealed that an Environment Agency report has said that containers at Sellafield (where most of the UK’s waste is …

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26 August 2008

Ireland

The debate we have experienced to date pitches nuclear versus renewables, as if one or the other is the choice. We need a debate about all our energy options, about the economic cost and impact of the choices we must make, about security of supply, sustainability and the environment. We know one thing about our past antipathy to nuclear power; most of what we believed was wrongly based. But in the years of plenty, we could afford a level of …

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25 August 2008

Nuclear Waste

Thousands of containers of lethal nuclear waste are likely to fail before being safely sealed away underground, a devastating official report concludes. The unpublicised report is by the Environment Agency, which has to approve any proposals for getting rid of the waste that remains deadly for tens of thousands of years. The document effectively destroys Britain’s already shaky disposal plans just as ministers are preparing an expansion of nuclear power. It shows that many containers used to store the …

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24 August 2008

New Nukes

The British government has outlined its plans to identify and assess sites that are suitable for new nuclear power stations. A consultation on the process to select sites for new nuclear build in England and Wales by the end of 2025 was launched on 22 July by the UK government’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Berr). The 16-week strategic siting assessment (SSA) consultation is due to close on 11 November 2008, after which the government plans to …

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24 August 2008

Scotland

MINISTERS HAVE COME UNDER attack for dumping a commitment to buy all the government’s electricity from clean, renewable energy sources, jeopardising targets to cut climate pollution. Labour’s environment spokesperson, Sarah Boyack MSP, has accused the Scottish government of damaging the vital renewables industry by abandoning a requirement for public sector electricity to be generated by hydro, wind or other forms of renewable power. Concern has also been expressed by the renewable energy industry and environmental groups. The Scottish government, however, …

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22 August 2008

Dounreay

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has backed a £15m proposal for a railway link across the Dornoch firth to the far north of Scotland. By cutting straight across the firth, the Dornoch Rail Link would slash rail journey times across the Highlands, bringing economic benefits to the far north.

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Cumbria

Letter: There has been anger voiced in the South Lakes about a wind energy company giving a donation to a tennis club. I can …

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