Nuclear reactors that are essential for Britain’s future energy needs are in jeopardy, according to analysts, because EDF will not be able to afford to build them. Pierre Gadonneix, chief executive of EDF, wants electricity prices to be increased by 20 per cent over three to four years to fund investments. Last week, however, the French Government proposed a 2.3 per cent average increase in electricity prices on regulated tariffs over the next three years. EDF’s four proposed British nuclear reactors, including Hinkley Point, Somerset, where work is due to start in 2013, could become casualties of the decision.
Times 10th August 2009 more >>
Greenpeace has criticised an official report urging the government to expand Britain’s nuclear energy production. The report by former energy minister Malcolm Wicks said increasing Britain’s nuclear capacity is vital to the UK’s future energy security.
Fair Home 9th Aug 2009 more >>
The newly privatised power industry in Britain presented special opportunities and challenges to Dungeness B nuclear power station. Since it is now necessary to be economically competitive with other power plants, stringent measures have to be taken to reduce Operation & Maintenance (O&M) costs and achieve higher performance while at the same time maintaining the high safety and reliability standards.
Environmental Expert 9th Aug 2009 more >>
The mayor of Nagasaki called for a global ban on nuclear arms at a ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the devastating US attack on the Japanese city that killed about 80,000 people.
Irish Examiner 10th Aug 2009 more >>
Bradford city centre was transformed into a scene resembling a horror movie as more than a hundred “zombies” descended on Centenary Square as part of a protest against nuclear weapons.
Telegraph and Argus 9th Aug 2009 more >>
ANTI-war demonstrators from Finchley gathered to remember one of the darkest times in modern history yesterday. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Ceremony was held at the cherry tree, a Japanese symbol of good luck, planted over 20 years ago by members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Victoria Park.
Hendon & Finchley Times 9th Aug 2009 more >>
Britain’s unilateral disarmament would send a positive signal to other states thinking of acquiring nuclear weapons? This latter point is wide of the mark; the factors that drive Iran and North Korea to develop nuclear weapons have nothing to do with Britain and Britain’s nuclear disarmament would have no effect on them. Opponents of the Trident replacement state that Britain is no longer threatened by states with nuclear weapons, unlike the time of the Cold War. Although this is true, this may change if Iran acquires nuclear warheads and can extend the range of its missiles to target the whole of Europe.
Yorkshire Post 10th Aug 2009 more >>
The Government’s plans to increase the proportion of Britain’s energy generated by “green” sources is set to cost between 11 and 17 times what the change brings in economic benefits. The figures are buried deep in the Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy paper produced last month. According to the document, while the expected cost will total around £4bn a year over the next 20 years, amounting to £57bn to £70bn, the eventual benefit in terms of the reduced carbon dioxide emissions will be only £4bn to £5bn over that entire period.
Telegraph 10th Aug 2009 more >>
Chas Booth – Parliamentary Officer with the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE): Is the Scottish Government right to force you to do something which not only cuts your fuel bills and tackles fuel poverty, but could also save lives? The Climate Change (Scotland) Act provides Scottish Ministers with powers to require building owners to undertake improvements to the energy efficiency of those buildings, which will deliver the cheaper bills and decreased fuel poverty. It is essential that ministers make use of those powers sooner rather than later, and certainly within the next few years, if the twin scourges of climate change and fuel poverty are to be tackled. The “Warm Zone” in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, is regarded as an exemplar of how to cut emissions from our homes. The scheme has meant knocking on doors and offering free insulation measures for the past two and a half years. During that time, energy advisers have knocked on 115,000 doors, yet insulation has been installed in only 25,300 homes: around a 22 per cent uptake. The remaining 78 per cent either didn’t answer the door, were not prepared to accept the “hassle” of having free insulation installed, or live in homes that apparently aren’t suitable for these more cost-effective measures.
Scotsman 10th Aug 2009 more >>
Will Whitehorn and Jeremy Leggett: Last week, the government published a review of the UKs energy security situation. In a report commissioned by the prime minister, Malcolm Wicks, the former energy minister, pronounced that there is no crisis. His findings were in marked contrast to those of the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security, which concluded last year that the economy faces a clear and present energy-security threat. The taskforce, a group that includes Virgin, Scottish and Southern Energy, Arup, Stagecoach and Solarcentury, was set up in 2007 on the basis of our shared opinion that peak oil merited serious study as a business risk. Some began with the assumption that the issue was low-risk but high-consequence. Sadly, we are now of the collective view that peak oil is a high-risk, high-consequence issue.
FT 10th August 2009 more >>