News October 2016

31 October 2016

Hinkley

The Government is facing fresh criticism over the Hinkley Point nuclear deal after it emerged a condition supposed to ensure the £18bn plant was being built on schedule had already been met before contract was signed. A clause in the subsidy deal gives ministers the right to cancel the contract if EDF, which has been plagued by delays building reactors elsewhere, has not hit a construction “milestone” within 33 months of taking its final investment decision. The milestone requires the …

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30 October 2016

Hinkley

Taxpayers will pick up the bill should the cost of storing radioactive waste produced by Britain’s newest nuclear power station soar, according to confidential documents which the government has battled to keep secret for more than a year. The papers confirm the steps the government took to reassure French energy firm EDF and Chinese investors behind the £24bn Hinkley Point C plant that the amount they would have to pay for the storage would be capped. The Department for Business, …

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29 October 2016

Sizewell

Bosses at EDF Energy are refusing to give any clues over when the next stage of consultation will start for Sizewell C – but say a decision will be made soon. Negotiations have been taking place between the company and Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council over the length and format for the process. Completion of the deal for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has led to internal changes at the energy giant, which has now …

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28 October 2016

Moorside

A public consultation process begins today looking at a £2.8-million project to connect the future Moorside nuclear power station, with the electricity network. Earlier this week, National Grid announced revised plans to connect the plant near Whitehaven, with 14-miles of underground cables. Original proposals for overhead pylons had sparked concern from conservationists, so new plans outline an underground network A total of 30 public information events are being held across Cumbria and Lancashire.

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27 October 2016

Hinkley

A damning news report in the Times reveals that the company building Britain’s first nuclear power station for 21 years has been ordered to shut down five reactors in France for emergency tests. This is on top of seven that are already closed because of safety concerns. Theresa May recently gave the go-ahead for a partnership project between the French energy firm EDF and China’s General Nuclear to construct two European pressurised reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The controversial …

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26 October 2016

Hinkley

MAJOR improvements at two busy junctions in northern Bridgwater will start in January. The improvements will be carried out at the Bristol Road and Wylds Road junctions on The Drove. The key benefits of the scheme are to make it easier to turn left from Western Way into Wylds Road and to provide more space for vehicles to wait to turn right from Bristol Road into the Drove so as not to hold up traffic wanting to go straight on …

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25 October 2016

Sizewell

Plans for Sizewell C are doomed to “evaporate” in the wake of insurmountable problems that will prevent its intended forerunner at Hinkley Point ever producing electricity, one of Britain’s leading environmentalists has predicted. The Chinese and French-financed nuclear construction project on the Somerset coast “might get started” as Theresa May’s government tried to “save face” but the £18billion twin-reactor mega-project was destined to become mired in construction difficulties and delays. It would eventually be overtaken by burgeoning renewable energy technologies …

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Local Authorities and Energy: Building a Fairer Low Carbon Energy System

Our latest report looks at a range of innovative local energy initiatives which show how Britain’s towns and cities are transforming efforts to create a cleaner, smarter and more affordable energy system, providing an alternative to the big utilities, and boosting their local economies in the process. We look at a range of different energy initiatives being carried out by local authorities around the country. The list – in alphabetic order – is not meant to be exhaustive, but hopefully …

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24 October 2016

Hinkley

It’s been another turbulent month in the long-running saga over the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Having looked as if she might be contemplating a rethink, Theresa May unveiled an apparently decisive approval just before the Conservative Party conference. But with longstanding issues still unaddressed – and new problems emerging even since the PM’s announcement – the debate over Hinkley is far from over. Now might be a good moment, then, to reflect on the contribution that social science …

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23 October 2016

New Nuclear

The UK has laid out a welcome mat for any nuclear operators in the world who want to showcase their latest designs in Britain − the one exception being the Russian state company Rosatom. With many nuclear companies no longer able to build new stations in their own countries – France and Japan, for example – because of public and political opposition, the UK government is inviting them to construct their newest models in England and Wales. So the …

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