Campaigners from South-west Against Nuclear, Nuclear Free Bristol & Bristol CND have today shutdown the EDF shutdown at Hinkley Point B in Somerset “We have come here today to carry out a citizen’s shutdown. It is inconceivable that Anglo-French governments think they can get away with extending the life of reactors well past their designed life-time, we have chosen April Fools’ day for our shutdown to highlight the fact that this is no joking matter”
Swan 1st April 2015 read more »
An investigation is under way following a radioactive leak at the Torness nuclear power station. Health and safety officials were alerted after the problem was found during a routine inspection. The incident was one of three reported to ministers from UK plants which are now under investigation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
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Merseyside-based Flynn Refrigeration has delivered major improvements to the refrigeration and air-conditioning system onboard a vessel used to transport specialist nuclear materials around the world. Working under contract to ship managers, Serco, the Birkenhead firm has completed the retrofit and conversion project on International Nuclear Services’ (INS) MV Oceanic Pintail.
BDaily 31st March 2015 read more »
The chief executive of Good Energy – one of the ‘new generation’ of independent energy suppliers – has welcomed new OFGEM rules which now force energy companies selling ‘green’ tariffs to prove they really do provide environmental benefits. New rules on green tariffs, which come into force today, are part of the UK regulator’s Retail Market Review to make the market simpler, clearer and fairer for consumers. Last year OFGEM raised concerns that energy customers were unable to tell the difference between genuine green tariffs and those which don’t offer any real benefits.
Scottish Energy News 1st April 2015 read more »
A rarely-seen view of the haunting ruins left by the Chernobyl disaster, have been captured by a camera drone. Almost 30 years after one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.
Daily Mail 1st April 2015 read more »
Scientists wanting to develop a spacecraft carrying a nuclear device to blow up asteroids are preparing to seek funding this year. Called the Hyper Velocity Asteroid Impact Vehicle (HAIV), their system would be able to launch and reach an Earth-bound asteroid within 100 days or so, destroying it before it reached our planet. But the unmanned spacecraft relies on one crucial aspect – tracking and finding an asteroid, before it is too late to stop it impacting Earth.
Daily Mail 31st March 2015 read more »
Engineering firm Amec Foster Wheeler has secured a nine-year contract with power provider EDF Energy. Under the agreement, the company will provide project management services for all of EDF’s nuclear power stations as well as the technical offices in Gloucester and East Kilbride in Scotland. The power plants include Sizewell in Suffolk, Hunterston in North Ayrshire, Torness in East Lothian, Heysham 1 and 2 in Lancashire, Hartlepool on Teesside, Dungeness in Kent and Hinkley Point in Somerset.
Energy Live News 31st March 2015 read more »
Plans for a marine energy park on the former Cockenzie Power Station site have been scrapped. Scottish Enterprise wanted to build a marine energy park on the East Lothian site, including a wind-turbine factory. Campaigners were concerned about the impact the site will have on Cockenzie and neighbouring Prestonpans.
STV 30th March 2015 read more »
ALMOST four in five Scots want the next UK government to continue to implement renewable energy measures such as wind and wave power, according to a new survey. Almost two-thirds also want the next government to continue policies that help cut emissions and tackle climate change.
Scotsman 1st April 2015 read more »
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As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it. The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks. Through Egypt, a major beneficiary of Saudi aid, the kingdom is backing plans for a combined Arab military force to combat Iranian influence around the region. With another major aid recipient, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is also expected to step up its efforts to develop a nuclear bomb, potentially setting off an arms race in the region.
New York Times 30th March 2015 read more »
Guardian 30th March 2015 read more »
The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers have claimed there has been a significant breakthrough at nuclear talks in Lausanne, which resumed on Wednesday morning. American diplomats denied the agreement had been finalised, saying there were still issues to resolve. But in a sign the talks could be approaching a critical moment, Barack Obama held a video-conference on Tuesday night with his national security team to be briefed on developments by the US negotiators: the secretary of state, John Kerry, and the energy secretary, Ernest Moniz.
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“Practise believing six impossible things before breakfast,” my friend wryly emailed me from Australia this week, quoting Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. The quote brilliantly encapsulates our amazement at the extraordinary proposals for South Australia to effectively leapfrog the existing nuclear power industry as we know it, and gain first-mover advantage in creating a 21st century low-carbon economy. Unveiling a plan to deliver free electricity to all citizens of South Australia, while abolishing state taxes, and generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state, senator Edwards called for South Australia to receive and recycle spent nuclear fuel rods from other countries. Recognising that many countries have set aside billions of pounds to safely store and dispose of radioactive waste, senator Edwards proposes to transform this waste into wealth, largely by being paid to recycle it into carbon-free electricity in advanced reactors. The GE-Hitachi PRISM fast reactor is a strong contender. The technology is also being looked at in the UK for plutonium disposition.
Business Green 1st April 2015 read more »
Argentina and Bolivia have signed a cooperation agreement to promote and develop infrastructure and institutions for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy said on 28 March.
World Nuclear News 31st March 2015 read more »
A Russian military analyst has said that his country should develop weapons that can cause a nightmare scenario of tsunamis and volcano eruptions in the US, potentially killing hundreds of millions
Daily Mail 1st April 2015 read more »
CONSERVATIVE election candidate Simon Marcus said he disagrees with his party’s plans to spend more than £25 billion on replacing the Trident nuclear weapon system. It is the latest policy area where he has now said he departs from official Conservative plans, having already publicly stated during the general election campaign that he does not support high speed rail 2 or the bedroom tax.
Camden New Journal 1st April 2015 read more »
Any SNP “agreement” with Labour that would put Ed Miliband in Downing Street will require a separate deal that the “renewal of Trident would not proceed,” the leader of the Scottish Nationalists has claimed.In an apparent flip-flop of the SNP’s position on the UK’s nuclear deterrent, where Nicola Sturgeon has previously stated that her party could back Labour without a conditional promise to scrap the £30 billion nuclear upgrade programme, she told the BBC that Trident remained a “red line” issue. She said: “Under no circumstances would we ever vote for the renewal of Trident or the spending of money on Trident. In terms of any formal arrangement with Labour – and I can’t make it clearer – Trident is a red line.”
Independent 1st April 2015 read more »
Millions of draughty homes are the result of the collective failure of successive governments to tackle energy efficiency, according to UK consumer watchdog Which?. In a report published on Tuesday, Which? calls for a radical new approach to energy efficiency to deliver on historical promises to tackle fuel poverty, high energy bills and climate change. Major consumer-funded programmes have been rolled out in the UK for low-energy bulbs, insulation and new boilers since 2002. Yet the country’s housing stock remains the least energy-efficient in Europe.
Business Green 31st March 2015 read more »
Utility Week 31st March 2015 read more »
A new approach to tackling fuel poverty. Richard Sagar argues for a rethink in the way energy efficiency measures aimed at the fuel poor are delivered and funded.
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The White House pledged to cut carbon pollution by up to 28% on Tuesday, boosting the prospects for an international agreement on climate change at the end of the year. With the US pledge, the countries accounting for nearly 60% of greenhouse gas emissions from energy have outlined their plans for fighting climate change in the 2020s and beyond, the White House said in a conference call with reporters.
Guardian 31st March 2015 read more »