News September 2012

30 September 2012

NuGen

THE owner of Scottish Power has pulled out of a multibillion-pound plan to build atomic reactors, dealing a blow to Britain’s faltering nuclear renaissance. The decision by Iberdrola, the Spanish energy giant, means there is now a question mark over two of the three groups that planned plants. Worries about price and construction costs have dogged Horizon and NuGen. Horizon was to have built six reactors in Gloucestershire and Anglesey but its German owners, RWE and Eon, put it up …

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29 September 2012

New Nukes

Natalie Bennett: with the government’s energy bill on the horizon, serious questions around the coalition’s wobbly-looking commitment not to subsidise new nuclear, and an anti-nuclear protest at Hinkley Point on 8 October, I’ve also spent lots of my time explaining why I think renewable energy – wind, solar and, in the future, tide and wave – combined with energy conservation, provide an excellent way forward for British energy. Nuclear is a distraction from the need to promote and invest …

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28 September 2012

Radwaste

A decision on whether to search for a site for a nuclear dump in west Cumbria may be delayed by three months. County councillors, together with those from Allerdale and Copeland, are due to meet next month to decide whether to progress with the search. However, following private talks in London this week, it is understood that the decision may be delayed until January. The talks are believed to have taken place between the three council leaders and Baroness Verma, …

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27 September 2012

Nuclear Safety

Research shows 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors have been identified in high tsunami risk areas and one is the now infamous Fukushima. Thirteen plants with 29 reactors are already operating and another 4 have 20 reactors with nine more reactors to be added. Seven new plants are under construction with 16 reactors. Tsunamis threaten the U.S. west coast the Spanish/Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the coast of North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and areas of Oceania to a …

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26 September 2012

Nuclear Free Cities

Local authority leaders from across Europe are meeting in Brussels to co-ordinate opposition to developing nuclear power. Representatives from European cities held a key meeting today to discuss concerns about nuclear power and today are opening a major exhibition at the European Parliament. The group, led by Vienna City Council (VCC) and supported by Manchester-based Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA), intends to lobby European Union institutions and MEPs to improve nuclear safety and move away from nuclear power. …

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25 September 2012

MoX

The “Atlantic Osprey” arrived in Nordenham carrying eight nuclear fuel rods. It is the first of two deliveries coming from the Sellafield nuclear power station, destined for the Grohnde plant near Hamelin in Lower Saxony. The rods of Mox – a mix of plutonium and uranium – were already on the special trucks on the ship, which were unloaded and driven slowly from Nordenham to Grohnde, news magazine Der Spiegel reported. The rods were made from nuclear waste at Sellafield. …

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24 September 2012

New Nukes

Subsidies for new nuclear power could add £70 to annual household energy bills, Ian Marchant, the chief executive of SSE warns. Ministers should refuse to subsidise EDF Energy’s plans for the first British nuclear reactors in a generation unless the French energy giant agrees to deliver them for a substantially lower price than is widely expected, Mr Marchant argues. The government is in negotiations with EDF over a long-term guaranteed price for electricity from its proposed plant at Hinkley …

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23 September 2012

Hinkley

EDF is in talks to sell a near-30% stake in the £14 billion project to build Britain’s first nuclear reactors for more than 20 years. The French energy group wants to spread the cost of the huge scheme at Hinkley Point, Somerset. EDF is thought to be negotiating with a handful of Chinese state giants, including China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation. It has hired Credit Suisse, the investment bank, as adviser. The Department of Energy & Climate Change is in …

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22 September 2012

Green Deal

The government finally admitted this week the implementation of its flagship Green Deal scheme has been delayed until 2013, with retrofit work now not expected to come to market until February. The Green Deal was due to start this October, with the industry hoping it would lead to a spike in retrofit work in the final quarter of 2012.

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Radwaste

Britain’s nuclear new build programme is facing fresh uncertainty amid fears that Cumbria county …

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21 September 2012

Radwaste

Hopes of building a new generation of nuclear power stations have suffered a setback after a council ruled out hosting a storage facility for Britain’s nuclear waste. Councillors in Kent have voted to drop talks with the Government about the possibility of storing hundreds of thousands of tonnes of radioactive material underneath Romney Marsh. This leaves Copeland in western Cumbria as the only district still officially interested in taking the waste. However, Jamie Reed, the Labour MP for Copeland, said …

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