WEST Somerset Council has welcomed the news that EDF Energy (EDFE) will undertake further preparatory work on the Hinkley Point C site. Although a final investment decision on whether to start work to construct the new Hinkley Point C power station is not expected until later this year, EDFE has confirmed that it will undertake further preparatory works at the site over the coming months.
This is the West Country 11th April 2014 read more »
A group opposed to the Sizewell C project have been visited by a member of the European Parliament who heard their grievances over the controversial proposal. The Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) met with Andrew Duff, Liberal Democrat MEP for the East of England in Theberton yesterday to voice their concerns over the impact building the nuclear power station would have. EDF Energy are looking to build twin nuclear reactors to the north of the two existing power stations. There are plans to use the B1122 to carry all construction and emergency traffic, and to house 3,000 construction workers in a multi-storey campus adjacent to the village Eastbridge. Jon Swallow, chairman of the Sizewell Parishes Liaison Group and member of TEAGS, said: “If Sizewell C goes ahead it would be the biggest construction site the east of England has ever seen.”
East Anglian Daily Times 11th April 2014 read more »
David Cameron’s commitment to the green agenda will come under the fiercest scrutiny yet this week when top climate-change experts will warn that only greater use of renewable energy – including windfarms – can prevent a global catastrophe. A report by the world’s leading authorities will expose a growing gulf between a Tory party intent on halting construction of more onshore windfarms and the world’s leading scientists, who see them as one of the cheapest ways to provide energy while at the same time saving the environment.
Observer 12th April 2014 read more »
Clean energy will have to at least treble in output and dominate world energy supplies by 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, a UN report is set to conclude on Sunday. The report produced by hundreds of experts and backed by almost 200 world governments, will detail the dramatic transformation required of the entire globe’s power system, including ending centuries of coal, oil and gas supremacy. Nuclear power is cited among the low-carbon energy sources needed, but the draft report warns it “has been declining since 1993” and faces concerns about “safety, nuclear weapon proliferation risks, waste management security as well as financial and regulatory risks”. Another way to produce low-carbon energy is to burn fossil fuels but capture and bury the carbon emissions. The IPCC experts note that, unlike renewable energy, this technology “has not yet been applied at a large, commercial scale”.
Guardian 12th April 2014 read more »
A UN report on climate change is expected to call for a trebling of the planet’s use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
BBC 13th April 2014 read more »
Global greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade were the “highest in human history”, according to the world’s leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change. Without further action, temperatures will increase by about 4 to 5C, compared with pre-industrial levels, it warns, a level that could reap devastating effects on the planet. “Fundamental changes in energy systems and potentially the land”, are required, the draft found, such as a move towards renewable energy, nuclear power and fossil energy whose carbon emissions are captured or stored.To reach the 2C target, the experts warned that the global energy supply must dramatically change, with at least a tripling of the use of “zero and low-carbon” energy, such as renewables, nuclear and fossil energy. It added that a growing number of renewable technologies had achieved a level of “technical and economic maturity to enable deployment at significant scale”.
Independent 13th April 2014 read more »
The world must switch from fossil fuels to nuclear power to beat global warming, a major United Nations report warns today. Scientists claim governments need to ditch traditional sources of energy, such as coal and oil, to avoid a climate change catastrophe. Instead, they must adopt nuclear power in a ‘large-scale’ move costing around £300billion a year. The report, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), also highlights an urgent need for governments to switch to green energy sources, such as wind and solar power. The 29-page document has already sparked concern over the cost of countering global warming. Last night, senior Tory MPs warned governments about the risks of increasing funding for renewable energy sources, saying this would drastically raise household and other living costs. Chris Heaton-Harris MP, who led a successful campaign to cut the consumer subsidy to wind farms, told the newspaper: ‘This IPCC report is backward looking. ‘We can be a lot greener, emit less carbon and produce cheaper energy if we switch to shale gas rather than ploughing our money into wind farms that plunge the poorest people into fuel poverty.’
Daily Mail13th April 2014 read more »
HUMANITY must cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% by 2050 if it is to prevent global temperatures rising by more than 2C, a UN report will warn tomorrow. The study will say stabilising climate is humanity’s biggest challenge — but failure would jeopardise hundreds of millions of lives and destroy key ecosystems. “If we carry on as we are, we risk sharp temperature rises and dangerous impacts on societies and ecosystems around the world,” said Professor Jim Skea of Imperial College London, vice-chairman of the intergovernmental panel on climate change’s working group on mitigation, which publishes its report tomorrow on cutting emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are now equivalent to about 51bn tons of CO2 a year so the panel’s warning means they must fall to about 15bn tons within 36 years. To meet the target, nations would have to transform electricity generation systems, equip coal and gas-fired power stations with new technology to capture CO2 emissions, or replace them with nuclear power or renewables such as solar and wind. Transport would also have to undergo massive change with petrol and diesel engines replaced by electric vehicles that could be recharged by low-carbon power sources.
Times 13th April 2014 read more »
THE Finance Secretary denied claims the UK government could back a sterling deal if Trident remained at the Faslane on Clyde naval base after independence. JOHN SWINNEY has said there is “no truth whatsoever” in claims the SNP could change its policy on removing nuclear weapons from an independent Scotland. The Finance Secretary made the comments following speculation the UK government could back a sterling deal if Trident remained at the Faslane naval base on the Clyde after independence.
Scotland Now 13th April 2014 read more »
A MAN has appeared in court in Torquay accused of stealing sensitive documents relating to nuclear submarines. Marcin Kostrzewa appeared at Torquay Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning to deny a single charge of burglary. The 31-year-old Polish national, of Ker Street, Devonport, was originally arrested under the Official Secrets Act.
Torquay Herald Express 12th April 2014 read more »
David Cameron has at last given hope to families of nuclear test veterans after a 12-year Sunday Mirror campaign for justice. The Prime Minister has promised to investigate setting up a £25million health fund for descendants suffering genetic defects passed down by -servicemen exposed to 1950s blasts
Daily Mirror 12th April 2014 read more »
A vision for a greener future for the world seems very distant if you descend into the heart of one of Germany’s largest coal mines. While researchers and officials are in Berlin preparing the next report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the country’s fossil fuel industry is as busy as ever. The report is expected to set out options to switch from sources of energy that give off the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to cleaner types like wind and solar. This mirrors Germany’s own ambitions with a plan known as the Energiewende, best translated as “energy transition”, which calls for at least 80% of power to come from renewable sources by 2050. But south of Berlin in the region of Lausitz, down at the coal face in a mine called Welszow-South, machines the size of office blocks gouge out chunks of lignite and low-carbon dreams hardly seem plausible.
BBC 11th April 2014 read more »
Renewables – Scotland
SCOTLAND is now home to more than half the UK’s onshore wind farms – with thousands of turbines operating as part of the multi-billion-pound industry. There are 2,315 wind turbines on land in Scotland, out of a total of 4,350 in the UK, according to data published yesterday. That is more than twice the number in England, which has 1,085. Wales has 587 and Northern Ireland 363. The statistics, from industry body Renewable UK, do not take into account wind-farm developments making their way through the planning process. Scottish Government ministers have heavily promoted renewable energy, such as onshore wind, and have set ambitious targets to generate the bulk of Scotland’s electricity from wind and wave power by 2020. However, the sheer scale of developments in some of the most scenic parts of the country has led to claims that Scots are being forced to “suffer” more than their fair share of wind farms, despite representing only 10 per cent of the UK’s population. In Scotland, there has been a surge in investment in wind farms during the SNP’s time in power, with the sector worth Â£3.5 billion to the economy in the past three years alone. Local authorities and the Scottish Government have approved 1,162 more turbines, with a further 405 currently being built as part of a widespread expansion of the sector.
Scotsman 12th April 2014 read more »
MORE than half of the UK’s onshore wind turbines are located north of the Border, it has been revealed. Figures from Renewables UK show that Scotland is now home to 2,315 of the UK’s 4,250 onshore wind turbines, around 54%. Another 405 turbines are under construction, and local authorities and the Scottish Government have already given consent to a further 1,162 blades in Scotland.
Herald 12th April 2014 read more »
Our first community share offer raised £145,000, and put solar panels on 23 homes in Lockleaze, north Bristol. On the strength of the Lockleaze project, we got a £100,000 eco-loan from Pure Leapfrog to put solar on 25 homes in south Bristol. Now we are back. We aim to raise £500,000 to put solar on 120 homes in fuel-poor areas of Bristol – at no cost to the householder. By amplifying this equity with loan finance, we plan to put solar on 250 homes.
Bristol Power (accessed) 13th April 2014 read more »