News September 2011

30 September 2011

Nuclear Subsidy

At the Labour Party Conference, EDF let slip they are gearing up their lobbying machine to ensure that a new £1bn nuclear ‘subsidy-on-the-sly’ adds to their profits, rather than going to help those struggling to pay their electricity bills. The introduction of a carbon tax meant to incentivise low-carbon energy projects by taxing gas and coal-fired power has left nuclear in line for a £1bn bonus. Yesterday, at a packed CBI breakfast fringe meeting at Labour’s conference, I asked …

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29 September 2011

New Nukes

Even before the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11, prospects for nuclear construction were looking difficult in most of the developed world, mostly because of shaky economics. Weak power demand because of the recession, and cheaper alternatives such as gas and coal, made it difficult to justify investment in reactors. Around the world, countries that were in favour of new nuclear investment have had their confidence shaken. Sceptics have become more firmly opposed, while several of those on …

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28 September 2011

Hinkley

People from all over the UK are set to descend on Hinkley Point nuclear power station to protest again EDF Energy’s plans to build two new mega-reactors next to the existing site. More than 100 people have already pledged to join a symbolic mass blockade at the entrance to Hinkley Point in Somerset next Monday, October 3rd. On Saturday 1st October, anti-nuclear protesters will also join local residents in a march and rally close to EDF Energy’s regional HQ in …

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27 September 2011

Politics

Shadow minister Jack Dromey has hailed UK nuclear power as a “sunrise industry” and dismissed safety fears. “The possibility of a Fukushima-type accident in Britain is as remote as me getting hit by a meteor,” he told a Labour conference fringe meeting. The MP urged ministers to ensure British firms benefited from plans to build a new generation of reactors. But anti-nuclear campaigners said the industry was guilty of “false promises” on cost and safety. He said Labour would …

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26 September 2011

Hinkley

Stop Hinkley Newsletter.

Stop Hinkley 25th Sept 2011 more >>

National Grid is to reveal its preferred route corridor for a proposed 400000 volt overhead line between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. The announcement has already been condemned as ‘pointless’ by campaigners.

Burnham-on-sea.com 25th Sept 2011 more >>

Germany

Two events on the same day this month said a lot about how Germany’s most populous state sees its economic future. At a coal mine in Bottrop, a community in the heavily industrialised …

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25 September 2011

Hinkley

EDF and Somerset County Council have shot down anti-nuclear campaigners’ claims that the energy giant has broken a time limit condition requiring it to remove a spoil heap from the Hinkley Point site by the end of last month. Campaign group Stop Hinkley accused EDF of failing to remove spoil contaminated with asbestos left over from the construction of the original Hinkley site by August 31 – a condition of the planning consent granted to EDF by the county council …

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24 September 2011

New Nukes

Utility Scottish and Southern Energy said it has pulled out of its UK nuclear new build consortium, raising concerns investors may see the British nuclear industry as unattractive despite government efforts to provide incentives.

Reuters 23rd Sept 2011 more >>

Together with GDF Suez SA and Iberdrola SA, SSE was the third partner in the NuGeneration consortium planning to build new reactors on a green field site owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) adjacent to Sellafield. The option …

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23 September 2011

NuGen

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is expected to make an announcement today on its future commitment to new nuclear energy. The Perth-based utility is believed to be in talks to pull out of a consortium planning to build a nuclear plant in the UK so it can focus on renewable-energy projects. SSE could sell its 25% stake in the NuGen group to partners Iberdrola – the Spanish company behind Scottish Power – and GDF Suez if it decides to leave.

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22 September 2011

NuGen

Scottish and Southern Energy is in talks to pull out of a consortium planning to build a nuclear power plant in the UK, as the company seeks to concentrate on renewable energy. The withdrawal of one of the UK’s two big utilities, and its second-biggest electricity generator, from the new build programme would be a blow to the government’s ambition to secure a new generation of reactors. NuGen is one of three consortiums looking to build nuclear reactors in the …

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21 September 2011

Radwaste

The possibility of an underground nuclear waste store being built in West Cumbria moved a step closer today. A consultation document will go out to the public over the next months. Details of that document asking for people’s views have now been largely agreed. The Partnership met in Maryport. Interview with Elaine Woodburn. Tourism officials worried. Ruth Balogh very concerned that it will be an enormous enginnering project at the back door of the National Park.

Border TV 20th Sept 2011

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