JUST one week remains for people to provide feedback on Horizon Nuclear Power’s updated proposals for the Wylfa Newydd project. The company is running its last few events where people can find out more about updates to the project, ahead of the consultation closing next Thursday, June 22. The events are taking place in Holyhead, Caernarfon, Menai Bridge, Cemaes and Tregele. Members of the Horizon team will be on hand at each event to help explain the proposals in more detail and answer questions. Anyone who’ has already picked up a feedback form should complete and return it by Thursday, June 22 to ensure their views are considered.

News North Wales 14th June 2017 read more »

Concerns have been raised over the potential impact on tourism by a £10 billion nuclear power station project in Anglesey. The multi-billion Wylfa Newydd scheme is being delivered by Horizon Nuclear Power. The 10-year long development involves building a new power station built, including two nuclear reactors with a minimum generating capacity of 2700 MW. It is expected to create 4,000 construction jobs, with up to 9,000 workers required around peak period at the end of 2023. However, the Managing Director of North Wales Tourism, Jim Jones, is calling for Horizon to review its proposals to house thousands of workers in Anglesey’s holiday accommodation as concerns have been raised over the adverse impact this could have on tourism.

Construction News 14th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017


The first spent nuclear fuel has been placed in Sizewell B’s new dry fuel store, marking a milestone in a programme which enables the continued safe operation of the Suffolk power station. Successful operation of the new dry fuel store means Sizewell B can be refuelled as scheduled this November. It can now continue to produce reliable low carbon electricity to supply 2.6 million homes until at least 2035 and potentially for a further 20 years, subject to life extension.

EDF Energy 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

New Nuclear

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has criticised what it calls the “ill-advised” appointment by Theresa May of Michael Gove as Environment Secretary. Its condemnation comes ahead of a conference on renewable energy. And The Canary spoke exclusively to CND General Secretary Kate Hudson about climate change, renewables and the future under a potential Conservative-led government. The CND was formed in 1957, with the specific goal of campaigning for an end to nuclear weapons. But over the years, the group has broadened its remit, and on Saturday 17 June it will be holding a conference on renewable energy. Entitled No need for nuclear: the renewables are here, it will be tackling: What’s wrong with nuclear power; The politics of nuclear power; Energy demand and energy efficiency; The scope of renewables in the UK. Hudson told The Canary, tackling nuclear power is nothing new for the CND. In fact, she says the group has been addressing renewables for “decades”: CND is best known for being anti-nuclear weapons but for some decades now we have also had an anti-nuclear power stance. The technologies are inextricably linked and the radiation impacts are of shared devastation. Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous, expensive and absolutely unnecessary. Renewables now demonstrate that final point beyond all question. The idea that nuclear power is worth the risk is finished. Many countries already recognise that and it’s time for the UK to kick its nuclear addiction in the interests of people and planet.

The Canary 14th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

Energy Policy

The UK’s second shock poll result in a year has created fresh political uncertainty and renewed concerns over climate and environment policies following Brexit. Countless important decisions had already been put firmly on the backburner before the June 8 election, as ministers’ time was consumed by the arduous complexities of Brexit. They include the question of how the UK will fund wind farms and other forms of clean energy after 2020, and the future of the coal power-killing carbon tax that some manufacturers are lobbying to end, not to mention how the UK will meet its own domestic climate goals.The decision to leave the EU has exacerbated this gridlock and raised fresh uncertainties about the future shape of green regulations for investors and companies. These include:Will the UK still try to abide by EU air pollution standards the government has failed to meet, despite being repeatedly dragged to court by environmental lawyers? How will the UK replace Euratom, the pan-European nuclear energy regulator?

FT 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

Energy Policy Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland’s National Academy – has set up a new Inquiry Committee to look at Scotland’s Energy Future. The inquiry aims to contribute to the important debate around Scotland’s energy supply, demand and use, as well as moral and environmental responsibilities. It will also look to inform the policy- and decision-making at a Scottish, UK and international levels in relation to resources needed at acceptable financial, moral and environmental costs.The committee, which is expected to sit for around 18 months, will consider how Scotland can meet the future energy demand and how to ensure that the energy used is secure, affordable and environmentally justifiable. It will also examine all areas of the debate around Scotland’s energy future in the context of its commitment to combat global climate change and the environmental imperative to reduce carbon emissions.

Scottish Energy News 16th June 2017 read more »

Scotland should continue to lead the world on climate change ambitions and set a new 100 per cent emissions reduction target, according to environmentalists. They say green action must be dramatically stepped up if there is to be any hope of limiting global warming to the 1.5C set out in the historic Paris climate agreement. The call comes as Sweden unveils tough new climate laws for the first time, putting the country’s goals ahead of Scotland’s. New legislation demands that Swedes reach zero net emissions by 2045 and move to negative figures thereafter, though this includes international carbon trading credits. It also requires emissions cuts in the transport sector of at least 70 per cent by 2030. Scottish ministers this week outlined intentions to raise the statutory emissions reduction goal in th e forthcoming Climate Change Bill, with a new aim for cuts of 90 per cent by 2050. The current target is 80 per cent.

Scotsman 16th June 2017 read more »

Sarah Beattie-Smith, Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer, WWF Scotland: THIS week the Scottish Government announced that it hit the annual target for cutting climate changing emissions. The news that emissions fell by three per cent from 2014 to 2015 was welcomed by us and many other environmental groups. It’s yet more evidence that we can meet ambitious targets and it should drive even stronger action to embrace the benefits of a low-carbon Scotland – from cleaner air to job creation and from improving health to cutting fuel poverty. The hit target shows that real progress has been made on waste and on energy, particularly on renewables, which now meet more than half of Scotland’s electricity demand. That progress means that, for the first time, the energy sector is no longer the biggest emitter. That unwelcome honour now falls to transport – a sector where emissions have barely changed in 30 years. Indeed, emissions from transport went up by 0.4 per cent in 2015, largely due to increased road traffic. Such poor progress on emissions underline the urgent need for bold, transformative action. Across the world, other nations are setting high ambitions on switching from polluting fossil-fuelled cars to low or zero-carbon electric vehicles. In India, a target has been set to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in favour of 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030. In Norway, that target is for 2025. In Scotland, our goal is to phase out just half of fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2030, and only in urban environments. That equates to only 27 percent of new cars being electric by 2030. If Scotland is to retain its reputation as a world leader on climate change, we need to at least keep up with other nations, if not exceed their ambition.

Herald 16th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

Nuclear Power and Jobs

Ian Fairlie: THE Labour Party’s recent election manifesto says a Labour government would support nuclear power as part of a low-carbon energy mix and that it would continue to support Hinkley C.The reason is that Jeremy Corbyn needs trade union support and some major unions think that nuclear power will furnish many jobs. But this is a myth, a shibboleth. The real situation is that renewable energy already provides far more jobs than nuclear does now, and will provide far more jobs more quickly than nuclear ever would — even if current government plans were to succeed. The problem is that promoting nuclear power diminishes the prospects of creating new jobs in renewable energy industries — eg in establishing a large offshore wind manufacturing base. Let’s look at the Hinkley C site, for example. Although about 4,500 jobs would exist each year during the main phase of construction, EDF has admitted most would be temporary and filled by overseas workers. And if it were ever completed, it would only employ 900 workers. In fact, Hinkley C would be a remarkably poor bet for Britain and British unions, as industry insiders expect 90 per cent of the work at Hinkley, and all high-tech work, would go to French firms. For example, in 2013, EDF Energy completed a very large gas-fired power station at West Burton in Nottinghamshire where 100 per cent of the engineering contracts — even the concrete — went to French firms.

Morning Star 16th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017


A clean energy group that has opposed a nuclear project in Georgia estimates the plant’s cost has soared to $29 billion in the wake of the bankruptcy of half-finished plant’s contractor, Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Toshiba Corp Sara Barczak of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said that the new estimate adds $9 billion to its projected cost of the Vogtle project, which has been beset by delays and billions of dollars of cost overruns. Westinghouse and Southern Co, the utility that owns nearly half the project, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. SACE based its latest estimate on a report last week by two utility consultants to the Georgia Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities including Southern Co’s Georgia Power. SACE has warned since Vogtle was approved in 2009 that Southern Co was underestimating the time and cost of the project. Vogtle was originally expected to begin producing power in April 2016 and cost $14 billion. Vogtle was meant to be a showcase for Westinghouse and part of a U.S. nuclear renaissance, by has been dogged by poor quality work and disputes with subcontractors, among other problems. Toshiba has guaranteed Westinghouse’s work on the project and on Saturday said it will begin making $3.68 billion in payments to the utility partners for failure to complete the contract. The expert reports also spell out the failure of Westinghouse to improve productivity, despite hiring consultants in 2016 to speed up the project. Over the past year four core activities fell an average of 325 days further behind schedule, according to the report. SACE’s Barczak said she felt the Vogtle project would not be completed in wake of the latest expert reports. “But the unknown question is how long is it going to take for Southern Co to pull the plug,” she said.

Reuters 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017


The French Government’s announcement that it will legislate for a carbon floor price of 30 euros per MWh marks a dramatic turn in EU energy markets which will now be shifted to favour nuclear power above renewables. This is because just over half of nuclear power generated in the EU come from reactors in France, whereas less than 10 per cent of EU renewable energy production comes from France. The fact that nuclear power is being given special privileges undermines the policy credibility of the Green Energy Minister Nichals Hulot who has just been appointed by President Macron. Given that three-quarters of electricity in France comes from nuclear power, and very little from fossil fuels, this measure is a thinly disguised extra incentive for nuclear power, an incentive that the large bulk of renewable generation in the EU will not be able to receive. Only the UK has a carbon floor price, which is around 17 per cent lower than the proposed French one. A case in point is Germany, which generates a third of the wind power in the EU. German electricity wholesale power prices are relatively low – much lower than in the case of the UK for example, and there are fears that some windfarms will no longer be economic after their feed-in tariff contracts end after 2020. But they would be likely to stay online of they had access to the carbon floor price being set in France. There is no carbon floor price in Germany. Macron seems, in energy at least, to be continuing ‘business as usual’ in letting EDF run the French state. The French Government has effectively ploughed several billions into bankrupt nuclear generators AREVA and also injected money to EDF through a ‘share flotation’ (EDF is 85 per cent owned by the French Government) that seems associated with building Hinkley C power station.

Dave Toke’s Blog 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017


[Machine Translation] Documents from the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) show that the EPR pressure vessel does not pass a strength test. It would therefore not be in compliance with the regulations, contrary to what is being said. Areva and EDF play a major part of their economic future this month. First session today: As the Echos recall, the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety meets to discuss the safety of the EPR nuclear reactor vessel built by Areva on behalf of a group of companies, EDF in Flamanville. At the end of June, it will be around the Permanent Expert Group on Nuclear Pressure Equipment (GPESPN) to work. It will examine the findings of another body: the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the technical expert of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). A technical note published by IRSN last April, but until now completely unnoticed, shows that the pressure vessel does not comply with the regulation of nuclear equipment under pressure. And poses a major safety problem. Drowned in the middle of a mass of documents put online, it is dated September 2015 and signed by Gérard Gary, a nuclear physicist, research director emeritus ex-CNRS attached to the laboratory of solid mechanics of the Ecole

Capital 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017

ESPOO & Aarhus

Applying Aarhus and Espoo Conventions in nuclear decision‐making. Application of the Espoo Convention to nuclear energy‐related activities 13 June 2017, Minsk.

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Nuclear Life Time Extensions and Public Participation – presentation by Jan Haverkamp.

UN 15th June 2017 read more »

Posted: 16 June 2017