News April 2014

3 April 2014

Radwaste

Cumbria Trust Director Colin Wales will present an e-petition with almost 350 signatures to Cumbria County Council’s cabinet on Thursday. He will ask the council to call a county-wide referendum on whether Cumbria should be a “volunteer” community to site a nuclear waste disposal facility.

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Posted: 3 April 2014

2 April 2014

Hinkley

FoE (EWNI) submissions to the European Commission investigation into UK measures supporting nuclear energy, Hinkley C State Aid. In the UK, the amount of new-build renewables plus nuclear is limited by the Treasury’s Levy Control Framework (LCF). If Hinkley is built, then from 2023 (or later) it will be competing directly with renewable generation for that limited pot. DECC’s analysis and that of others show multiple routes to decarbonisation – these objectives can be met with more renewables and less nuclear. We note too that DECC’s central projection for electricity generation to 2030 assumes a tailing off in growth in renewables post 2020, and a rapid growth in nuclear post 2025.

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Posted: 2 April 2014

1 April 2014

Hinkley

In a damning and succinct demolition of the UK Government’s case for state-aid for Hinkley C nuclear power station UK Friends of the Earth (FOE) has pointed out how in its central projections ‘DECC assumes a tailing off in growth in renewables post 2020’. Such projections are out of step with reality around the world as installation of wind power and solar power accelerates and nuclear electricity production actually falls. However, the British Government appears to want to favour nuclear over renewables as it commits the consumer to paying massive bills for Hinkley C (from 2023) but has no plans for any premium prices for renewables after 2020. It seems that the UK Government doesn’t expect renewable costs to fall, but that nuclear costs will! In a submission to the European Commission’s investigation as to whether the British Government should be given permission to offer the Hinkley C developers £92.50 over 35 years with a £10 billion loan guarantee, FOE dismisses the notion that this could be justified on environmental grounds. They say that the Hinkley C deal ‘represents extremely bad value for UK citizens’ and point out that the cost of various renewable energy technologies will ‘be far cheaper, and (costs) falling fast’ by the time that Hinkley C is deployed.

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Posted: 1 April 2014