Families will be forced to pay higher energy bills to fund subsidies to the French for a radical overhaul of the power market, the boss of one of the countrys largest energy companies has warned. Ian Marchant, the chief executive of SSE, said that subsidies demanded by the French state-owned EDF Energy to build new nuclear reactors in Britain would saddle consumers with higher bills for years to come. He will outline his concerns about the reforms of the electricity market, which were unveiled by the Government last month, to a committee of MPs tomorrow. If the EMR [energy market reform] is passed in its current form, its a piece of legislation the UK will live to regret, he said in the most outspoken attack on the Governments faltering energy policy by an industry executive to date. Mr Marchant said that the reforms were geared towards making nuclear fit in and would make investing in renewables such as wind farms more expensive. He argues that Britain does not need to build any new reactors because gas prices are cheaper, electricity demand has fallen and reactors originally due to close over the next decade will have their lifetimes extended by about seven years. EMR is fixing a problem we do not have, he said.
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The Lake Districts worldwide reputation as a beautiful place to visit is being tarnished by widespread publicity over the possible creation of an underground nuclear dump beneath it. Thats the view of Dianne Standen, who wrote to The Keswick Reminder this week to express her fears about how tourism in the Lakes will suffer because of the negative image being portrayed.
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A NEW site director has been appointed to guide Bradwell Power Station into the next phase of decommisioning. Bob Kury replaces outgoing Dick Sexton, who has taken up a role with the parent company of site operator Magnox.
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When I was about 10, I recall hearing that nuclear fusion power would become a reality “in about thirty years”. The estimate has increased steadily since then, and now, forty odd years on, we hear that fusion power will come on-stream “in about fifty years”. So, what is the real likelihood of fusion-based power stations coming to our aid in averting the imminent energy crisis? Getting two nuclei to fuse is not easy, since both carry a positive charge and hence their natural propensity is to repel one another. Therefore, a lot of energy is required to force them together so that they can fuse. To achieve this, suitable conditions of extremely high temperature, comparable to those found in stars, must be met. A specific temperature must be reached in order for particular nuclei to fuse with one another. This is termed the “critical ignition temperature”, and is around 400 million degrees centigrade for two deuterium nuclei to fuse, while a more modest 100 million degrees is sufficient for a deuterium nucleus to fuse with a tritium nucleus. For this reason, it is deuterium-tritium fusion that is most sought after, since it should be most easily achieved and sustained.
Oil Price 10th June 2012 more >>
Iran on Sunday hit out at a perceived lack of willingness by world powers to engage it ahead of crucial nuclear talks to take place in Moscow on June 18 and 19, according to reports.
Ali Bagheri, deputy to Iran’s top negotiator Saeed Jalili, said in a letter to Helga Schmid, deputy to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, that he was “surprised” by issues she was raising in correspondence with him. He also complained that preparatory groundwork by experts from both sides was needed before the talks.
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Three anti-nuclear campaigners are today expected to appear in court after allegedly staging a protest at Glasgow’s Finnieston Crane to mark 30 years of the Faslane Peace Camp. The men aged 18, 19 and 25 will appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court from custody. All three are accused of scaling the 165ft crane and unfurling a banner reading “Nuclear disarmament if not now, when?”
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