News February 2013

28 February 2013

New Nukes

China could be on the cusp of one of its most sensitive European investments as costly plans for new nuclear reactors in Britain open the door to Chinese state-run firms.Five years on from the sale of nuclear operator British Energy to France’s EDF, the French firm is looking to build the first new reactor in the UK since the 1990s and plans talks with a Chinese partner.Such a deal would be unthinkable in the United States, where the White …

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27 February 2013

Energy Supplies

Alan Whitehead MP: Ever since Alastair Buchanan, the outgoing CEO of Ofgem put pen to paper last week warning that Britain could be on a “knife edge” as far as energy supplies are concerned from 2015 onwards, there has been a slew of press pieces shall we say, “simplifying” Buchanan’s message and predicting energy doom for all imminently. The latest in a long line, from the Independent, lists all the technologies that might come to the rescue but won’t, …

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26 February 2013

New Nukes

Writing in the Town and Country Planning Association’s Journal, Professor Andrew Blowers, in the second of two articles, argues that the case for nuclear power is flawed, and sets out economic and ethical reasons for rejecting nuclear power as part of our future energy mix. The full article can be found here.

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26 February 2013

Nuclear Power: a flawed case Part 2

Writing in the Town and Country Planning Association’s Journal, Professor Andrew Blowers, in the second of two articles, argues that the case for nuclear power is flawed. In the second instalment of a two-part article arguing the case against nuclear energy Prof Blowers sets out economic and ethical reasons for rejecting nuclear power as part of our future energy mix.

The full article can be found here: Flawed Case 2

Part one is here: Flawed Case 1

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25 February 2013

Nuclear Subsidies

Dave Toke: Don’t let nuclear negotiations drag down renewables. The debacle over funding nuclear power is increasingly likely to delay the renewable energy programme. The Government can, and should, submit an application to make state aid to the EU directly after the Energy Bill legislation is adopted. But even if the Bill is dealt with quickly, some reports suggest that the nuclear strike price negotiations will drag on, potentially delaying a state aid application. Indeed the fact that nuclear …

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24 February 2013

Sellafield

Letter Martin Forwood: The controversy of Cumbria County Council’s democratic decision against moving on to the next stage of the MRWS process has thrown up an illuminating insight into exactly how beneficial Sellafield has been to West Cumbria over the last half century. How, if the industry they support has been such a good neighbour, has such a shabby state been reached? The answer of course is that, having once been sacrificed on the altar of the UK’s nuclear weapons …

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23 February 2013

Electricity Market Reform

Alan Simpson: What a grubby little energy market we have constructed in Britain. As Alistair Buchanan, the head of Ofgem, warns of looming gas and electricity price rises, it is worth a brief look at the politics behind what is going on. It boils down to energy companies “gaming” the energy market and government incompetence hanging the public out to dry. Plus ca change. The Energy Bill currently going through Parliament must be the worst energy Bill I …

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22 February 2013

Nuclear Subsidies

EDF Energy’s £14 billion reactor project in Somerset faces further delays of at least two years for the European Commission to consider if the French state-backed company is being granted illegal state aid by Britain, a UK rival warned yesterday. EDF is demanding generous subsidies, funded by levies on British consumers’ bills, as well as loan guarantees from the Government to build the UK’s first nuclear reactor for decades at Hinkley Point. Ministers had assumed that Brussels would quickly …

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21 February 2013

Nuclear Subsidies

RWE npower, one of the big six power suppliers, has warned ministers not to seal a long-term subsidy deal with the nuclear industry behind the backs of consumers and saddle them with “unnecessarily high bills” for the next 40 years. The warning from Paul Massara, RWE UK’s new chief executive, comes as the Guardian can reveal that up to 15 private sector executives with links to the atomic sector have been seconded to government departments or other public sector …

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20 February 2013

Nuclear Subsidies

Electricity firm EDF has confirmed it wants the UK government to sign 40-year contracts to support building new nuclear reactors in Britain – as the national energy regulator warned prices are likely to rise higher than expected. Energy experts said longer contracts for new nuclear power would help bring the price guarantee down from early estimates of £140-160 per unit to under £100, and bring down the overall cost because they would reduce risk and make it cheaper for …

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