News March 2008

31 March 2008

New nukes

The renewable energy sector has questioned the Government fast-tracking its nuclear programme while failing to promote sustainable alternatives. Philip Wolfe, Renewable Energy Association (REA) executive director, said: “There seems to be a mismatch in the sense of urgency the Government attaches to developing nuclear and renewables. “The Government has an excessive concentration on electricity and an inadequate realisation that there needs to be a much …

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30 March 2008

New Nukes

Article by Brian Wilson: When the movers and shakers of Britain’s civil nuclear industry assembled in London last week, the mood was upbeat. A speech from John Hutton, the business minister, had removed any lingering doubts about the Damascene scale of the government’s conversion to nuclear’s future role in the UK energy mix.

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John Hutton: Scotland …

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29 March 2008

Renewables

Britain is seeking to change the rules governing renewable energy targets to make it easier for the UK to fulfil its commitment to promote clean energy. At present, only 3% of the UK’s power comes from renewable energy, but ministers have agreed to increase this fivefold within 12 years. To help reach this goal, the government has started lobbying the EU over the way the target is calculated. At a closed session of the energy council of ministers this …

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28 March 2008

New Nukes

The communique promises to “improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nuclear development projects … to share information on nuclear safety, security and waste management, action which could be extended to other European partners.” This is seen within the Business and Enterprise Department and the French delegations as an important signal that the French and UK …

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27 March 2008

New nukes

Westinghouse is planning a nuclear renaissance that will use Britain as a springboard to supply reactors to the whole of Europe, creating more than 15,000 jobs here. Stephen Tritch, president and chief executive of the US-based reactor maker, which is owned by Toshiba, told The Times that the UK was one of four major markets on which Westinghouse was concentrating because …

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26 March 2008

New nukes

Britain and France are set to sign an agreement this week calling for the construction of new nuclear power stations in the UK using French know-how. Environmental groups have condemned the deal as unnecessary.

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A government minister will call today for a huge expansion of Britain’s nuclear power in what he predicts could be a £20bn economic bonanza …

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25 March 2008

New nukes

Letter from David Lowry: If Gordon Brown does, as you report, sign up to an entente atomique with President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday it makes one wonder how seriously he and his government believe in the new national security strategy he unveiled to parliament last week. In the strategy document, the final paragraph of a section on “Tackling …

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24 March 2008

British Energy

Gas and electricity group Centrica is in the early stages of studying whether it should weigh into the £10bn takeover battle for nuclear power company British Energy (BE).

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New nukes

Senior German energy executives warned yesterday that Europe’s biggest economy …

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23 March 2008

New nukes

Article by Pete Roche: YESTERDAY IT was revealed that Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy will sign an agreement this week to export nuclear technology around the world. Brown hopes Britain can create a skilled labour force working in partnership with France to sell reactors around the globe, supposedly to help combat climate change. But the two leaders will be opening a Pandora’s …

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22 March 2008

New nukes

Britain and France are to sign a deal to construct a new generation of nuclear power stations and export the technology around the world in an effort to combat climate change. The pact is to be announced at the “Arsenal summit” next week when prime ministers Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy will meet at the Emirates stadium in north London.

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