News March 2010

31 March 2010

New Nukes

THE vast majority of business leaders support a new generation of nuclear power stations to safeguard Britain’s energy supply, according to new research. The Institute of Directors has discovered that 85% of the 1,800 business people it surveyed were in favour of a new nuclear build.

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As the head of Horizon Nuclear Power, Alan Raymant is leading the plan to create a second nuclear power business in Britain, offsetting what would …

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30 March 2010

Wylfa and Oldbury

Britain’s next nuclear power station will be built on Anglesey, North Wales, under a £7.5 billion plan being drawn up by two of biggest energy providers in the UK. Horizon Nuclear Power, a joint venture owned by E.ON and RWE, is expected to make a formal announcement today on the lead site for its first new UK nuclear power station. A 232-hectare plot at Wylfa on the north coast of Anglesey has been chosen as the front-runner for …

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29 March 2010

Sizewell

So according to EDF having “abnormal readings” in the containment is “perfectly normal”. I don’t think that the plant should be allowed to reopen until local people have been given a full explanation of what happened so that we do not have to wait several years to find out the truth as happened with the Sizewell A cooling pond incident.

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ENERGY bosses have refused to say when Sizewell B will be …

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28 March 2010

Energy Supplies

BRITAIN faces the worst energy crisis in Europe, according to the boss of one of the biggest power companies. “The country has to build two large plants or more every single year,” said Volker Beckers in his first interview since becoming chief executive of RWE Npower two months ago. “This has never happened in Britain’s history, so there’s no time to lose.” Homeowners will end up footing much of the estimated £200 billion bill for the new plants through …

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27 March 2010

New Nukes

Mark Lynas: Of all the dangers of a hung parliament, the lights going out is not thought to be one of them. Yet this could be the perverse result, if the Liberal Democrats end up holding the balance of power and insist on halting the UK’s nuclear new-build programme as their condition for joining any cross-party coalition. Already, the heads of companies such as RWE npower are reconsidering nuclear investments and holding back until the political landscape becomes clearer. …

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26 March 2010

New Nukes

The government has officially confirmed plans for a new carbon levy on consumer bills which it hopes will make building new nuclear plants viable, as the Guardian revealed in October last year. Nuclear companies like EDF Energy have warned they will not make the billions of pounds of investment necessary in the UK without government financial guarantees. Speaking to the Guardian, the energy secretary, Ed Miliband, admitted that the energy market needed “radical reform”, but denied the plans amounted …

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25 March 2010

New Nukes

UK lawmakers have heavily criticized the policy statements that the government had hoped would speed up planning decisions on new energy infrastructure. A report just published by the cross-party House of Commons Energy And Climate Change Committee calls for parliament to be given a vote on the statements.

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The Select Committee has called for a Parliamentary Debate on the National Policy Statements which underpins the proposals for new power stations. These …

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24 March 2010

New Nukes

Irish Green party politician Mark Dearey has called for a debate over plans to build a string of next generation nuclear power stations along Britain’s west coast amid concerns over possible design faults. Senator Dearey, speaking in the Irish parliament he called for a house debate and investigation by the nuclear safety watchdog the UK Nuclear Installations Inspectorate into “the assertion that this reactor design is fundamentally unsafe”. The minister spoke after French anti-nuclear campaigners claimed to have unearthed …

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23 March 2010

New Nukes

Launching the Tories’ energy policy in July 2006, David Cameron, gave a convincing and well-reasoned argument explaining why nuclear power must be a “last resort”. Later that year he described Labour’s enthusiasm for nuclear power as “irresponsible”. As Cameron rightly pointed out: “The problems of nuclear waste haven’t been dealt with. They have got to be dealt with in order to make any new investment possible.” Four years on, we’re no closer to finding out how to deal with …

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22 March 2010

New Nukes

A new type of nuclear reactor that could permanently “destroy” atomic waste is being developed by French scientists, according to the chief executive of Areva, the world’s largest nuclear energy company. Anne Lauvergeon told The Times that the French group was developing a technology to burn up actinides highly radioactive uranium isotopes that are the waste products of nuclear fission inside a reactor. The technology could be critical in winning greater global public support for nuclear energy …

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