News November 2015

30 November 2015

New Nukes

The COP 21 negotiations in Paris should reach an agreement that encourages a transition to a low carbon society by making better use of nuclear energy alongside other mitigation options, according to the World Nuclear Association. Director General Agneta Rising said “To implement the goals of an ambitious COP 21 agreement governments need to develop policies that encourage investment in low carbon generation, especially nuclear energy. We need 1000 GWe of new nuclear capacity by 2050 to combat climate …

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29 November 2015

New Reactors

BRITAIN has staged a behind-the-scenes diplomatic drive to soothe fears in Tokyo that Japan could lose out to China in the competition to sell nuclear reactors to the next generation of UK power stations. British officials reassured their Japanese counterparts that China would not “jump the queue” to have its nuclear technology certified as safe by British inspectors — despite political pressure from the Chinese government. In Tokyo, sources said the pressure rose ahead of the visit to Britain …

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28 November 2015

Hinkley

AT THE grand opening of Cannington Court last week the EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz announced the green light for the construction of Hinkley C was “weeks” away. He was unable to give a start date in part due to issues over the building of the reactor, while the Mercury understands there is still a funding gap with complex legal work yet to be completed to tie up the deal with EDF and the Chinese Government. However his optimism …

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27 November 2015

Energy Policy

The ‘Autumn Statement’ delivered with such aplomb by the Chancellor is yet another attack on the UK’s sustainable future, write David Lowry & Oliver Tickell – cutting energy efficiency funds just as tens of thousands are set to die of cold this winter, betting £250m on pointless nuclear research, and raiding the renewables budget to fund subsidies to nuclear power and fossil fuels. Osborne slashed the budgets of the two key green departments, DEFRA and DECC by 22% and …

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26 November 2015

Small Modular Reactors

Ministers announce £250m funding for nuclear research and development including competition to develop small modular reactor. The UK could build one of the world’s first small modular nuclear reactors in the 2020s, after ministers announced support for the technology through a £250m research package. A competition to identify the “best value small modular reactor design for the UK” will be launched in the new year, which will “pave the way towards building one of the world’s first small …

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25 November 2015

Hinkley

The Government’s energy policy is looking increasingly inept, as Jonathon Porritt and Molly Scott Cato MEP agree to act as Patrons to the Stop Hinkley Campaign. The recent energy policy re-set shows the Government plans to rely mostly on imported and fracked gas and nuclear power for UK energy supplies, just as Scientific American publishes a study showing we could use renewables for all our energy needs by 2050. Meanwhile, the Hinkley Point C project looks more and more …

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UK Government energy policy goes backwards

The Government’s recent energy policy re-set shows it plans to rely mostly on imported and fracked gas and nuclear power for UK energy supplies, (1) just as Scientific American publishes a study showing we could use renewables for all our energy needs by 2050. (2)

Meanwhile, the Hinkley Point C project looks more and more financially toxic. Now even the association of employee-shareholders says it could spell doom for EDF as a company. (3) Mounting losses accrued by AREVA and EDF …

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24 November 2015

Hinkley

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called the plan for Hinkley Point “a disgrace.” – just a few weeks after the PM announced a landmark deal with the Chinese to build it. Cameron called it a “flagship project of cooperation” between the two countries. But Boris has broke ranks and said the £18n cost for the first nuclear power in two decades underwritten with £2bn of taxpayers’money was an “extraordinary amount of money to spend”.

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23 November 2015

Dounreay

A TORY MSP hopeful has been ridiculed for saying he wants to reboot Dounreay’s nuclear plant. Malcolm Mackay says he wants it to start producing electricity – 21 years after it closed down. The remote Caithness facility is being decommissioned at a cost of £3billion to the taxpayer. Politicians and nuclear experts described former UKIP European Parliament candidate Mackay’s plan as “ridiculous”. Mackay, a business developer, is standing for Holyrood in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch and is on the Highlands …

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22 November 2015

Hinkley

Letter Jo Brown: I am writing on behalf of Parents Concerned About Hinkley in response to the comments made by the Government minister Amber Rudd. She said that opponents of nuclear misread the science as it is safe and reliable and the challenge, as with other low carbon technologies, is to deliver nuclear power which is low cost as well. It is Amber Rudd who is behind the times in understanding nuclear science. Since the government decided that public health …

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