A summit is to be held next month with the aim of putting pressure on Westminster to scrap plans to renew Trident nuclear weapons. The Scottish Government is organising the event, that will involve civic leaders, church organisations, trade union officials and other interested groups. It follows a vote in the Scottish Parliament in June that called onWhitehall to ditch its renewal plans.
Herald 7th Sept 2007 more >>
The First Minister pre-empted a meeting by UK ministers in Glasgow today about the future of nuclear power by declaring that alternative sources had now overtaken the atomic option. Alex Salmond said an extension to the Crystal Rig wind farm near Dunbar meant green energy had now overtaken nuclear power in terms of installed capacity. Shadow energy minister Iain Gray said: “Of 2500 MW of renewable generating capacity the SNP are responsible for precisely none. Now they have projects which could triple that capacity mouldering in their in-tray.”
Herald 8th Sept 2007 more >>
One of the four companies hoping to build new nuclear power plants in Britain has unveiled its proposals for public scrutiny. Energy giant EDF and nuclear specialists Areva have launched a joint website detailing their EPR reactor as part of the strict approval process for prospective nuclear installations.
PA 10th Sept 2007 more >>
EDF-Areva submissions to the Generic Design Assessment more >>
Ask the industry who is going to foot the potentially massive bill and it becomes coy and mutters about governments, public/private partnerships and equity financing. The utilities say they are interested as long as certain regulatory issues — like who pays for decommissioning and storage of toxic waste — are sorted out. But potential financiers decline to discuss the matter, saying on one hand that they won’t talk about hypotheticals and on the other that they can’t betray client confidentiality. It is a game of brinksmanship, with the utilities holding out for the best deal they can get from government — particularly any price guarantees they may be able to extract.
Planet Ark 11th Sept 2007 more >>
Reuters 10th Sept 2007 more >>
Utility firms should be allowed to consider using nuclear power in years to come, according to Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw. Mr Bradshaw was speaking at a meeting of members of the public, who had all been selected to give their views on the subject of nuclear energy. He said climate change was the most serious threat the planet had ever faced – and a low-emission fuel like nuclear power had to be a possibility. And Mr Bradshaw said if nuclear power was not considered it would mean Britain being dependent on Russia and the Middle East for energy supplies.
Exeter Express and Echo 10th Sept 2007 more >>
Results of the Government’s consultation meetings.
GNN 8th Sept 2007 more >>
Environmental group Friends of the Earth has called the current Government consultation on nuclear energy a ‘farce’, following last week’s widespread boycott of the process. FoE is one of a number of respected green organisations that pulled out of the consultation, along with Greenpeace, WWF, CND and Green Alliance. “This is not a genuine consultation about nuclear power. It is deeply flawed and it is clear that the Government has essentially made up its mind. We are perfectly happy to debate the issue of nuclear power, but we are not prepared to take part in this latest Government farce,” said FoE’s Director, Tony Juniper.
Green Consumer Guide 10th Sept 2007 more >>
The public took centre stage on Saturday 8 September, in the Government’s continuing consultation about the future of nuclear power in the UK. In one of the largest ever exercises of its kind, Ministers canvassed the views of a demographically representative sample of 1,100 citizens simultaneously across nine UK cities.
e-Gov Monitor 10th Sept 2007 more >>
One of the four companies hoping to build new nuclear power plants in Britain unveiled its proposals for public scrutiny today as it was revealed that more than 90 per cent of people are worried about creating more nuclear waste.
Belfast Telegraph 10th Sept 2007 more >>
Letter from Dr Gerry Wolff: If the Government is serious in saying that there would be no subsidies for nuclear power, then it should require the nuclear industry to pay the full cost of insuring against nuclear disasters, without any limitations on liabilities.
NewsBlaze 10th Sept 2007 more >>
Mr Salmond’s claim was undermined when the Scottish Government was forced to admit the country’s two nuclear power stations provided double the amount of energy produced by wind farms and hydroelectric plants. He said that, in stark contrast, the UK government had “already made up its mind to go for a new generation of nuclear power stations”. The First Minister added: “Scotland neither wants nor needs new nuclear power stations. A spokesman for the Scottish Government admitted energy industry statistics showed nuclear power stations worked at around 80 per cent of capacity and renewable plants at around 30 per cent.
Scotsman 8th Sept 2007 more >>
Scottish Microgeneration Bill
Article by Sarah Boyack MSP: IT’S NOT been a good week for the Scottish environment. The SNP programme for government was a huge disappointment to climate change campaigners as we discovered a promised Scottish climate change bill will be delayed for at least a year. The UK government is now powering ahead with plans to deliver reductions in CO2 emissions with a draft bill published in March this year and the establishment of an independent climate change committee dedicated to implementing the Stern Report on tackling climate change. Alex Salmond’s explanation rested on the requirement to produce a regulatory impact assessment – something not slowing down the SNP’s bill to abolish bridge tolls. Not only has a climate change bill been kicked into the long grass, but SNP ministers said they will oppose my member’s bill on energy efficiency and microgeneration. Although John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable development, said he is interested in the proposals, he has not guaranteed that key measures will not be dropped.
Sunday Herald 9th Sept 2007 more >>
India has kept its efforts to build a nuclear submarine under wraps for more than 30 years, but a top Indian scientist has confirmed that the ongoing project at the Kalpakkam nuclear facility near Chennai to develop a nuclear reactor fuelled by enriched uranium was in fact intended to power the country’s first indigenously built submarine.
Guardian 11th Sept 2007 more >>
A team of U.S. nuclear experts began a rare visit to North Korea on Tuesday to examine ways of disabling the country’s main nuclear complex under an international accord.
Guardian website 11th Sept 2007 more >>
FT 11th Sept 2007 more >>
The Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Sydney agreed an aspirational goal of a 25% reduction inm energy intensity relative to economic growth and agreed on the importance of nuclear energy.
World Nuclear News 10th Sept 2007 more >>
Richard Littlejohn on the Tories: If they were really determined to tackle a looming energy crisis, they’d sanction the building of new nuclear power stations, which have virtually unlimited, renewable capacity and won’t harm the environment.
Daily Mail 11th Sept 2007 more >>
President Sarkozy of France said that he had “big plans” for the country’s nuclear sector. Nuclear power makes up 80 per cent of France’s electricity generated power.
Times 11th Sept 2007 more >>