News November 2010

30 November 2010

Nuclear Finance

Prof Dave Elliott: What’s not sorted is the money. It may be hard to reform the market and the EU-Emission Trading System enough to make nuclear viable without formal subsidy. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne’s shifting definition of subsidies has raised some eyebrows. While he still says ‘there will be no levy, direct payment or market support for electricity supplied or capacity provided by a private sector new nuclear operator’ he now adds ‘unless similar support is …

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29 November 2010

Nuclear Subsidies?

Sweeping reforms of Britain’s energy markets are set to be unveiled over the next two weeks as the government launches the biggest upheaval in the sector since the electricity industry was privatised 20 years ago. The Treasury will publish proposals that will set a price floor for carbon designed to give certainty to investors in low-carbon generation. The Department of Energy and Climate Change will propose mechanisms to promote renewables such as wind power, as well as new nuclear.

FT

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28 November 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

A radical shake-up of Britain’s energy markets to pay for a £200 billion investment in low-carbon power will be unveiled by the government in the next fortnight. Ministers are expected to combine the long-awaited introduction of a floor price for carbon with a revamp of wholesale electricity markets. Subsidies for renewable sources, including wind and solar, will be extended and revised. Insiders say there may also be a central agency to “direct” markets and foster a new generation of …

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27 November 2010

Oldbury

Campaigners are due to march through Thornbury today against plans to create a nuclear power in the area. Residents in Shepperdine want to stop plans for a new nuclear power station at nearby Oldbury and will today take to the streets to raise their concerns. They’re expecting around 200 people to turn out for the demonstration with the theme of the day being “Power to the People”. A series of lectures are also being held in Cosshall about nuclear energy. …

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26 November 2010

Planning

A major change to Britain’s planning process under the new government will not delay the permitting of nuclear power plants, energy minister Charles Hendry said Thursday to ease fears of nuclear developers. The new coalition government has shifted the final say from the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC), which was set up by the previous Labour government to approve large energy projects, back to ministers.

STV 25th Nov 2010 more >>

Terror

Energy minister Charles Hendry has to answer some intriguing questions …

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25 November 2010

NPS

One of the main criticisms the Energy & Climate Change Committee had of the first Draft Energy NPSs was that the ‘Appraisals of Sustainability’ (AoSs) did not consider alternatives properly. Although the revised NPSs have not changed a great deal, the AoSs that are published with them have, particularly in how they deal with alternatives. The number of identified sites for nuclear power stations was also reduced from ten to eight, two in Cumbria being dropped. Revised NPSs …

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24 November 2010

Radwaste

Carlisle residents have joined the debate on whether nuclear waste should be dumped in west Cumbria. A drop-in event at the Old Town Hall gave them the chance to have their say on proposals for an underground disposal site. It was part of a public consultation by the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership.

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Hinkley

NATIONAL Grid has called in independent consultants to analyse the option of routing a huge power …

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23 November 2010

Planning

The Localism Bill will amend the regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) introduced by the Planning Act 2008. It is likely to amend the Planning Act to require National Policy Statements (NPSs) to be approved by a vote in Parliament. This was a pledge of the Conservatives before the election, but is only referred to obliquely in the Coalition Agreement when setting out the Lib Dems’ dispensations on nuclear power. It is likely to amend references to …

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22 November 2010

Hinkley

If all goes according to EDF’s plan, in six months’ time this 400-acre plot of muddy fields and hedgerows beside Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be the biggest construction site in Europe with workers building Britain’s first new nuclear plant in almost 25 years. As well as being a €10 billion (£8.5 billion) showcase for France’s state-owned nuclear industry, by the time that two European pressurised reactors are due to enter service here in 2019 Hinkley C …

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21 November 2010

Radwaste

RESIDENTS have slammed plans for a nuclear waste dump on their doorstep. The proposals, which would see an underground storage facility built between Millom and Whitehaven, were discussed at a drop-in session yesterday. The session, organised by the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership, took place in Millom Network Centre and was attended by more than 100 people. The partnership was formed in 2008 after the government launched a search for an underground storage facility for nuclear waste. Allerdale Borough Council, …

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