News April 2009

30 April 2009

Nuclear Sites

Successful sites auction brings major new player into new nuclear programme. Total declared plans for new nuclear now exceed current capacity, enough to meet a quarter of UK electricity demand. The UK’s new nuclear power sector gained a serious new player today with the news that a joint venture between RWE npower and EON UK has been successful in purchasing potential sites for new nuclear power stations at Wylfa in Wales and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. Following the auction …

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29 April 2009

Nuclear Sites

The UK Government could make more than £400m in the hotly contested auction of NDA sites, as one of the three main bidders was forced out on Tuesday. The consortium of Ibderdrola, SSE and GDF Suez pulled out leaving the RWE and EoN consortium and EDF still in the bid process which has been going on for nearly two months.

FT 29th April 2009 more >>

FT 29th Apr 2009 more >>

The Bradwell site may sell for …

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28 April 2009

Sizewell

PROTESTERS staged a demonstration at Sizewell power station over the weekend to show their anger at plans to build two new nuclear reactors.

Campaigners against the proposed new development on the Suffolk coast lined the entrance to Sizewell A and B power plants to voice their opposition.

East Anglian Daily Times 27th Apr 2009 more >>

Millom

RWE’s plan for a new nuclear power station at Kirksanton, near Sellafield, would mean the destruction of a community-owned wind farm already producing electricity on …

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27 April 2009

New Nukes

Ed Milliband: There is a temptation for people to justify opposition to each form of low-carbon power, but the truth is that on grounds of energy security and climate change, we cannot afford this luxury. Everything we know suggests that there can be no comfort any more in a high-carbon energy policy. If we pursue this course, we risk finding ourselves unable to meet our climate change commitments and facing a more difficult and painful transition to low …

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26 April 2009

EDF

THE French energy giant EDF hired private investigators to spy on Greenpeace in Britain as the company was seeking to build the next generation of UK nuclear power stations. Inquiries by The Sunday Times have revealed how private detectives hacked into computer systems at a time when the environmental group was planning a legal challenge to EDF’s UK aspirations. It is also claimed that the investigators informally consulted contacts at MI5 about Greenpeace, including the possibility of it being “infiltrated” …

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25 April 2009

New Nukes

Factbox: Nuclear plants being built or planned across Europe

Reuters 23rd Apr 2009 more >>

Letter: Allan Wilson: Scotland’s future electricity generation needs should be met from a balanced mix of all energy sources, which is why new nuclear stations must be a part of the equation. The exact nature of that mix is a matter of debate but must meet three essential criteria: security of supply, carbon emissions’ reduction and affordability. All of which criteria new nuclear generation …

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24 April 2009

Nuclear Sites

Planners have warned of repeated policy revisions and public consultation on nuclear capacity following the announcement of 11 potential sites for development. The public has until 14 May to comment on the proposed locations, which include Dungeness, Hartlepool, Sellafield and Sizewell.

Planning Resource 24th Apr 2009 more >>

Hartlepool

RESIDENTS are being urged not to miss an initial opportunity to comment on whether Hartlepool should have a new nuclear power station.

The Government is currently looking for potential sites for new …

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23 April 2009

Nuclear Subsidy

The renewable power industry has been given a shot in the arm after Alistair Darling’s budget announced over £5bn worth of new funding to hasten an offshore wind revolution and kick-start solar. But there are concerns that oil and even nuclear were being given help and the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) warned that other important obstacles, such as electrical grid connections and planning delays, remained for wind schemes. David Lowry, asked whether this was a small but significant …

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22 April 2009

New Nukes

A NUCLEAR power plant near Millom would leave Cumbria open to “catastrophic accident or terrorist attack”, resulting in huge loss of life and leaving large parts of the county uninhabitable, green campaigners have warned. Political group the Green Party has vowed to block plans to build a new plant a Layriggs Farm in Kirksanton. The defiant stand was announced after a list of 11 potential sites across the country was released by the government. The list also includes land …

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21 April 2009

New Nukes

Letter: Nuclear is not the answer. Sadly, new Labour ministers and the leadership of trade unions such as Prospect have fallen for the propaganda from the nuclear fission industry, which is better at peddling half-truths than safely operating nuclear facilities. However, we disagree both with your suggestion that nuclear fusion may provide a future answer and the inaccurate assertion that fusion “would produce no radioactive waste.” Fusion power does produce radioactive waste, but a different sort from fission.

Morning Star

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