Dozens of pylons could be built through the Lake District to connect up a proposed new nuclear power station, under plans critics warn would cause “immense damage” to the precious scenery of the National Park. Ministers hope new nuclear reactors will be built at Moorside, near Sellafield in Cumbria, to help address Britain’s looming energy crunch. But new high-voltage power lines will be required to hook the plant up to the grid and campaigners say the proposed route south of the plant, which includes a 15 mile stretch though the National Park, will blight the landscape. A new campaign launching on Monday from groups including Friends of the Lake District, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Open Spaces Society will urge N ational Grid, the company in charge of Britain’s high-voltage networks, to rethink its plans. The cables should either be taken offshore – an option National Grid rejected earlier this summer- or be buried underground, they argue.
Telegraph 12th Sept 2015 read more »
[Machine Translarion] From September 14, 2015 – A convoy of Swiss waste stored at Sellafield (England) returns to Basel in crossing France. Departure on 16 of Valognes railway terminal (Manche). This is a “CASTOR train” carrying nuclear waste Swiss vitrified, which are the residue of “reprocessing” at Sellafield (English equivalent of The Hague). If the convoy takes the same route as the previous one, the train would cross the Manche, Calvados, Eure, Seine Maritime, the Oise, the Somme, Aisne, Marne, Meuse, Meurthe-et Moselle, Moselle, Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin.
Sortir du Nucleaire 12th Sept 2015 read more »
Shadow health minister Jamie Reed announced he was stepping down from Labour’s front bench seconds after Jeremy Corbyn was confirmed as leader.While Mr Corbyn has not responded to Reed’s resignation, if the reaction of party grandee John Prescott is anything to go by we doubt he is too upset. Asked live on BBC news to respond to the resignation, the former Deputy Prime Minister told interviewer Jane Hill “who is Jamie Reed? Is he in our party?”
Independent 12th Sept 2015 read more »
Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide win for the Labour leadership has already sent shock waves through the rabidly pro nuclear wing of the Labour Party. Jamie Reed MP for Copeland former BNFL PR man and nuclear cheerleader is the first to throw his dummy out of the pram and resign.
Radiation Free Lakeland 12th Sept 2015 read more »
What does Corbyn’s win mean for energy?.
Energydesk 12th Sept 2015 read more »
Westminster has barred the Scottish Government from joining a UK delegation to a vital international summit this month aimed at combating poverty, injustice, inequality and climate change. The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, rejected a request from the Scottish minister, Humza Yousaf, to join the official delegation to a United Nations (UN) meeting of world leaders to adopt 17 sustainable development goals.
Sunday Herald 13th Sept 2015 read more »
The Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, has said the decision by the government to block the Navitus Bay wind farm off the coast of Bournemouth is another example of the government’s ‘ideological obsession against renewable energy’. The scheme would have involved 121 turbines 10 miles off the Dorset coast and generated enough renewable electricity to power 700,000 homes. Dr Scott Cato rejects the idea that the scheme would damage the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.
Molly Scott Cato 11th Sept 2015 read more »
Energy Policy – Scotland
A LEADING industry figure has condemned “glaring inconsistencies” at the heart of the Scottish government’s energy policy. Stuart Paton, an adviser to the oil and gas industry and former boss of Dana Petroleum, said it is “completely disingenuous” for the SNP to support the North Sea oil industry at the same time as brandishing its green credentials. While the party is pushing renewable energy production, he said the CO2 emissions generated by consuming the UK’s daily oil production are equivalent to 30 times Scotland’s annual electricity generation. He added that its “unbridled support” for coal-fired power is also at odds with its green ethos. In a summary of a chapter of the forthcoming book Reforming Scotland, published by the think tank Reform Scotland, he added that the Scottish government has “fervent evangelism for the beauty of the Scottish countrysi de yet wholesale support for industrial scale wind farms which are having a dramatic effect on the landscape”. This, he says, is in spite of Scotland being on course to generate all its electricity from renewables by 2020 without more wind farms being approved. The Scottish government said it supported a balanced mix of electricity generation, recognising the important role the oil and gas industry will play “whilst over the long term we move to a low-carbon energy system”.
Sunday Times 13th Sept 2015 read more »
The Scottish government has to examine nuclear and gas options, says Stuart Paton. The recent outrage expressed over onshore wind farm subsidies and the planned closure of Longannet power station highlight the ambiguities and inconsistencies within Scottish energy policy. The Scottish government has a commitment to zero emissions from electricity generation by 2020, yet rejects outright nuclear power. It shows unbridled support for the offshore oil and gas industry (but not onshore) and coal-fired power at Longannet, despite these positions running counter to its green credentials on electricity generation. It spouts on about the beauty of the Scottish countryside yet gives wholesale support for industrial scale wind farms that affect the landscape. It supports continued onshore wind farm development despite installed and planned capacity already reaching the 100% renewable target. It is an avowedly social democratic government that says it wants to reduce inequality but, through its commitment to zero emissions, adds a burden to all household fuel bills.
Sunday Times 13th Sept 2015 read more »
Bags filled with grass and soil from work to remove radioactive substances spewed by the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were swept away in the flooding of rivers in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said. A total of 82 of the bags were discovered, with 37 of them recovered Friday, though it remained unclear how many had been washed away, the ministry said.
Japan Times 12th Sept 2015 read more »
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has found that rainwater has intermittently overflowed a drainage channel and spilled directly into the sea.
NHK 11th Sept 2015 read more »
One of the major issues which is claimed to make Corbyn unelectable is his views on nuclear disarmament and the independent British nuclear deterrent. Whether this makes him unelectable or not is an open question – like many trusims it may be inaccurate. That though is an issue for another day. Rather it is interesting to look at the history of the British nuclear deterrent.
Slugger O’Toole 12th Sept 2015 read more »
Renewables – offshore wind
Christopher Booker: To the rage of the Greenies and the delight of countless thousands of local residents, the Government announced on Friday its rejection of the £3.6 billion scheme by a Franco-Dutch consortium to build a monster wind farm covering up to 76 square miles of sea between Dorset and the Isle of Wight, blocking off some of the most valued sea views in southern England. The developers offered two versions of their scheme, one of up to 194 giant 3.5 megawatt (MW) turbines, taller than Blackpool Tower, the other of only 105 6MW turbines covering a smaller area. But at the forefront of the reasons for rejecting the project, as I reported last year, was the warning from Unesco that its scale threatened the unique status of Dorset’s “Jurassic Coast”, Britain’s only natural World Heritage site.
Telegraph 12th Sept 2015 read more »
Renewables – solar
Every British household will save £6 on energy bills, according to government estimates, as a result of sweeping cuts to the generous payouts made to home owners who produce their own energy. A long-standing pledge by the Conservatives to spare consumers the “eco-tax” – levies added to households’ energy bills to fund green initiatives – is finally being met now they are the sole energy policymakers in Government. The axe will first fall on rooftop solar panel owners, where annual payments to householders, earned via the “feed-in-tariff”, will fall from £495 to just £60 a year, effective next year. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has proposed cutting the money paid to householders for the energy they generate with solar panels from 13p per “kilowatt hour” (kWh) to just 1.63p. Anyone buying a new set of solar panels will be £7,850 worse-off under the new rules, according to data compiled for Telegraph Money. The calculations are by the Energy Saving Trust, which looked at the 25-year lifetime of a typical four “kilowatt” (kW) solar panel system. The returns are comprised of both the Government payments to home owners, as well as savings made on their energy bills. “Solar installations won’t be cost-effective under the new proposals,” said Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Savings Trust. “A typical solar panel installation would need to be £800 cheaper for investment in this technology to be cost-neutral.” But it’s still not too late to grab an eleventh-hour return on solar panels. Families are £7,850 better off by installing rooftop panels now than they would be under next year’s proposed rates, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Telegraph 13th Sept 2015 read more »
Renewables – wave
The collapse of Scotland’s pioneering wave energy generator Pelamis has led Scottish Enterprise to its biggest ever write off in a single year, the agency’s annual report and accounts have revealed. The summary of losses and amounts written off in accounts published last week show that SE wrote off a total £23m in irrecoverable balances to 47 companies, of which £16.3m or 70% was owed by the Edinburgh-based Pelamis. The sum represents SE’s biggest single loss in a single year, £10m or 44% more than £13m that SE wrote off in 2013-14.
Herald 13th Sept 2015 read more »
With the installation of a 10-megawatt battery, the village of Feldheim near Berlin is now truly independent of electricity from outside. Remember the story of Feldheim, the small town of some 140 that was allegedly off grid? As I pointed out at the time, it was very much connected to the grid, which still provided an outlet for the tremendous amount of excess electricity generated (especially wind power) – and was a source of electricity whenever local generation systems did not provide enough. Now, an array of 3,360 lithium-ion battery modules – more than 20 per person – has been installed to at least allow the town to buffer excess electricity in order to bridge those shortages without resorting to electricity from the grid at all. The entire system came in with a price tag of 12.8 million euros, 5 million of which were provided as a state subsidy. LG provided the battery systems; Enercon, the control units.
Renewables International 9th Sept 2015 read more »
Low Carbon Cities
The disparate efforts of cities around the world to take climate action were amplified on the international stage late last year when more than 2,000 municipalities around the world signed the Compact of Mayors, which focuses on scaling up climate resilience efforts, energy efficiency programs, resilient financing mechanisms and public carbon emissions reporting. Pursuing such low-carbon policies actually could have a hefty payback, according to new research from the New Climate Economy. Investing in public and low emission transportation, building efficiency and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of $17 trillion by 2050. These low-carbon investments also could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO2e) per year by 2030 — more than the current annual emissions of India.
Green Biz 10th Sept 2015 read more »
SMART meters being installed in 25m UK homes as an energy-saving measure will save consumers only 2%-3% on their energy bills, new figures have revealed. The meters, which give consumers constant readouts of gas and power consumption, were originally predicted to cut consumer bills by up to 10%. In 2009 that had prompted Ed Miliband, then energy secretary, to order a national launch which is due to start this autumn. Old-style analogue meters will be removed from every home and replaced by the smart devices by 2020. The total cost is estimated at £12bn but data emerging from more than 1m homes already using the meters shows the early savings are well under 3%. This is equivalent to a reduction of about £20-£30 in the annual average household energy bill of £1,100. There is concern about privacy, however. Smart meters measure not only energy consumption but also patterns of usage – potentially showing when a house is occupied and what those in it are doing.
Sunday Times 13th Sept 2015 read more »
Everything you need to know about coal in Europe in one map.
Energydesk 10th Sept 2015 read more »
Jim Ratcliffe: Fracking can be done safely. A lot of opposition is based on hearsay. The founder of chemicals giant Ineos says shale offers Britain cheaper energy and insists it could reinvigorate his native north country.
Observer 13th Sept 2015 read more »