Can new nuclear power be delivered without the need for Government subsidies? Stephen Mosley and Paul Flynn struggle to agree.
House Magazine 7th Feb 2013
SELLAFIELD Ltd has pleaded guilty to sending several bags of radioactive waste to the wrong facility. The company is being prosecuted by nuclear regulators Environment Agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation after four bags of mixed general waste, such as plastic, paper, tissues, clothing, wood and metal, from normal operations in controlled areas of the site, were sent to Lillyhall landfill site, in Workington.
Isle of Man Today 11th Feb 2013
Building 11th Feb 2013
Cumbrian councillors and MP to meet secretary of state to find way forward over nuclear waste storage in Cumbria. Energy secretary Ed Davey is to meet the leaders of Copeland and Allerdale councils and local MP Jamie Reed this week to thrash out a deal to proceed with an underground nuclear waste storage facility. Last week, Copeland and Allerdale district councils voted in favour of taking the next step towards building a facility in their area but Cumbria County Council voted against it – effectively calling a halt to the process of developing plans for the facility.
Building 11th Feb 2013
Householders could be forced to provide up to £4bn to meet the cost of any of the six leading energy suppliers going out of business, under revised plans drawn up by the Government to avoid market chaos.
Telegraph 10th Feb 2013
Alex Salmond could be forced to abandon his ambitious 100% green energy target if Scotland votes for independence, a team of academics has warned. The group of energy specialists from four universities across the UK argues that an independent Scotland would have to fund far more of the billions needed to subsidise renewable energy such as offshore windfarms and wave and tidal devices on its own, because it would lose significant financial support from consumers across the UK. One obvious risk is that a future Scottish government would have to drop or postpone Salmond’s ambitious goal of meeting the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewables by 2020, to make that investment more affordable.
Guardian 11th Feb 2013
A nuclear accident similar to the one at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi would cost France more than 400 billion euro (about 535 billion US dollars), or 20 percent of its economic output, French Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) said in a report on the possible financial impact of a nuclear crisis.
Nucnet 8th Feb 2013
Cooking, heating water, or the house during winter, reading, listening to the radio, charging your phone, using the computer, watching TV — most people take these activities for granted in the 21st century, but for thousands of inhabitants in Argentina’s remote rural communities without electricity it is a challenge. Since 1999, the Renewable Energy in Rural Markets Project (PERMER) has aimed to put an end to this situation. Supported by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the initiative connects homes and schools to clean energy sources such as solar panels and windmills.
Renewable Energy Magazine 8th Feb 2013
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran ready for nuclear talks with US. President admits effect of sanctions and says West must ‘pull away the gun from the face of the Iranian nation’.
Guardian 10th Feb 2013
10 Huge Lessons We’ve Learned From Solar Power Success In Germany.
Clean Technica 9th Feb 2013
The Scottish government will cut the renewable obligation (RO) support for big biomass plant that do not operate as combined heat and power (CHP) stations. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing plans to remove the RO support for all wood fuelled biomass stations that have a capacity of more than 15MW and do not provide CHP. The new RO tariff is set to come into force on 1 April 2013. The move aims to protect the “finite supply of wood” available, with Ewing saying “there should be a greater focus on biomass in smaller scale energy projects wherever possible”.
Utility Week 8th Feb 2013