News July 2011

31 July 2011

Hinkley

The only councillor to vote against an application for land clearance work on the site of the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station yesterday said developers must bring a planned village bypass forward. Councillor Anthony Trollope-Bellew opposed the application because of the impact he believes it will have on Cannington. Developer EDF plans to build a bypass to take main construction traffic if it wins approval for the station from the Infrastructure Planning Committee. West Somerset District Council Planning Committee …

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30 July 2011

Hinkley

The decision by West Somerset Council to approve major groundworks at Hinkley Point [1] has allowed energy company EdF to “jump the gun” on its plans for a nuclear power station, the Stop Hinkley campaign said today. “This is like giving a developer permission to excavate a greenfield site even before they have permission to build the actual houses,” said Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey. “What will those Councillors say to the people of West Somerset in two years’ time, …

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29 July 2011

Nuclear Subsidy

The government has this week attempted to ease concern from MPs that its plans to overhaul the electricity market will fail to deliver the £110bn investment required over the next decade to move to a low carbon economy. In its response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee report on electricity market reforms the government also again rejected allegations that the reforms include measures that backtrack on the coalition pledge to deny specific subsidies for nuclear power.

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28 July 2011

Radwaste

A panel set up to investigate whether Cumbria should volunteer to host an underground nuclear waste dump will agree on “preliminary conclusions” on Friday. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership was formed after Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria County Council all expressed an interest in being involved in the process to find a site for a so-called deep geological repository. The group will meet at the Market Hall, Wigton, on Friday, where it will agree its preliminary conclusions on …

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27 July 2011

New Nukes

Jonathon Porritt: Why must the UK choose between nuclear and renewable energy? That was the question George Monbiot asked recently in a blog that challenged me to answer four questions. Here is a concise version of my answers: the full version of my answers will be posted on my website. As pointed out by Andrew Broadbent (of CES Social and Economic Research), these figures have been challenged by a wide range of very different cost projections. Nuclear costs would …

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26 July 2011

Hinkley

CAMPAIGNERS have criticised EDF’s application for site preparation work ahead of a proposed new power station at Hinkley Point, branding the move “premature”. As statutory consultees, Sedgemoor District Council held a special meeting this afternoon to consider the energy giant’s plans to carry out site clearance, site levelling, drainage, haul-age roads and other associated works. But campaigners Stop Hinkley believe the request from EDF is “jumping the gun” as a planning application for a new power station has not yet …

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25 July 2011

New Nukes

Centrica is being urged by the City to withdraw from a £4bn commitment to build new nuclear power stations in partnership with Electricité de France (EDF) amid soaring costs and delays at a prototype reactor at Flamanville in France. Centrica should “not touch with a barge pole” the new nuclear build (NNB) joint venture with EDF to build four new plants in Britain, argues Lakis Athanasiou, utilities analyst with Evolution Securities. “Centrica is a minority holder in a technology …

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24 July 2011

Dungeness

Plans for a third reactor on the existing site appeared dead in the water last month when it was excluded from a list of eight locations the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) feels are suitable for nuclear power generation. More than 500 people currently work at Dungeness B and campaigners fear the community will crumble if its main employer ceases to exist. But a glimmer of hope emerged from Parliament this week when renewable energy minister Charles Hendry …

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23 July 2011

Nuclear Costs

The new delays and bumper cost overruns of EDF’s new reactor in France make it very hard to believe that nuclear power can fulfil the promises its supporters make. The Flamanville fiasco shows once again that new nuclear power plants are not being built on time or on budget, diminishing the arguments in favour of them. The only other new nuclear plant being built in Europe is at Olkiluoto in Finland. Areva, like EDF a state-controlled French company, told …

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22 July 2011

National Policy Statements

MPs this week approved planning guidelines for new energy projects including nuclear power stations. The House of Commons voted to approve national policy statements for fossil fuel, renewable energy, gas supply, electricity networks and nuclear power generation infrastructure. The nuclear policy statement confirmed sites at Bradwell, Hartlepool, Heysham, Hinkley Point, Oldbury, Sizewell, Sellafield and Wylfa were suitable for nuclear power plants, opening the way for a new build programme worth up to £40bn. The statements set out the …

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