News September 2010

30 September 2010

New Nukes

Letter: Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum’s negative views on nuclear power (Letters, 28 September) may be sincerely stated but offer no alternative other than variable renewable supplies. During the past 24 hours, wind energy has contributed only 1 per cent of the total grid demand, hydro energy and pump storage a further 2.4 per cent. As fossil fuel supplies diminish, what alternative to nuclear supply do NFLA offer? Even if the Scottish landscape was covered in windmills, …

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29 September 2010

New Nukes

The construction of new nuclear facilities in the UK is essential to reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, according to foreign secretary William Hague. Mr Hague told members of the Council on Foreign Relations that the nuclear plants will have to “justify themselves economically”, the Associated Press reports. “I really see no alternative to that except excessive dependence on oil and gas, and imported liquefied natural gas,” he is quoted as saying.

Low Carbon Economy 28th Sept 2010

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28 September 2010

Radwaste

Today marks the start of Nuclear Waste: The Challenge of Interim Storage and Long Term Disposal. Taking place in London and organised by the Arena International Events Group, the event will bring together industry experts to explain and assess technological and strategic developments in new build waste management, packaging options and final disposal solutions.

The Engineer 27th Sept 2010 more >>

Hinkley

Pressure is mounting on developers of the proposed Hinkley C power station to make massive improvements to the way …

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27 September 2010

Scotland

LESS than a fifth of Scots are in favour of building new nuclear power stations north of the border, a new survey reveals. In a poll of 1,000 people commissioned by The Scotsman, more than a quarter said they were totally opposed to the building of nuclear power stations in Scotland, while only 18 per cent said they would like to see new power stations created. The results suggest the electorate are in agreement with the Scottish Government over nuclear …

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26 September 2010

Aldermaston

Firefighters lost control of blaze at Aldermaston. Fire burned for nine hours as pumps and appliances were called up from London and elsewhere, according to files obtained by the Observer under the Freedom of Information Act.

Observer 26th Sept 2010 more >>

Pebble Bed Reactor

As the “reactor renaissance” desperately demands new billions from a lame duck Congress, one of its shining stars has dropped dead. Other much-hyped “new generation” plans may soon die with it. For years “expert” reactor backers …

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25 September 2010

New Nukes

Far from being a guarantee of a greener future, the revival of nuclear power would be a costly cul-de-sac. Au contraire, nuclear energy can be cheap, clean, abundant and secure. Europe will never meet its carbon emissions targets by wind and solar power alone. Two visions of the nuclear future – a sceptical British view and the enthusiastic official French view – collided head on at yesterday’s Lyon environmental conference. Tom Burke, a former head of Friends of the …

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24 September 2010

New Nukes

Uncorrected transcript of Chris Huhne’s evidence to the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee is now available at:

House of Commons 15th Sept 2010 more >>

Nuclear Subsidy

In your question-and-answer feature with the energy secretary you quote the minister as saying: “There will be no subsidy for new nuclear power stations… it will be for private sector energy companies to construct, operate and decommission new nuclear plants.”It is important to recognise that senior executives of private power …

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23 September 2010

Radwaste

West Cumbria in northwest England, the only UK community to volunteer to consider hosting a UK national nuclear waste repository, has suspended work under the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership due to a failure to reach agreement with central government over funding, a local official has said. In addition, publication of the results of a British Geological Survey high-level study into the suitability of the geology of West Cumbria to host a repository has been postponed, according …

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22 September 2010

Lib Dem Conference

Huhne: The coalition agreement, of course, involves give and take. I expect George Osborne to take more millions of the low-paid out of income tax even though he is a Conservative minister implementing a Liberal Democrat pledge. And George Osborne expects me to deliver our agreement on nuclear power, which is that there is an important place for new nuclear stations in our energy mix as long as there is no public subsidy. A deal is a deal, …

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21 September 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

The future of a £15 billion German-backed project to build nuclear reactors in Britain is in doubt after Chris Huhne signalled that the Government would not support a key plank of the proposals. E.ON has written to the Energy Secretary to complain about remarks he made last week during a House of Commons select committee hearing. RWE npower, has also sought clarification from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Both companies are said to be “livid” about the …

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