Nuclear scientists, engineers and technicians in charge of the government’s decommissioning and clean-up programme are to ballot on taking industrial action for the first time in 25 years in protest against Gordon Brown’s pay restraint policy. The joint union committee – representing the normally moderate Whitehall union Prospect, Unite, the country’s biggest union, and the GMB – has agreed to take action because of growing pay differentials between staff working for the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the soon-to-be privatised British Nuclear Group (BNG) and the newly bought Magnox group for doing similar work.
Guardian 14th June 2007 http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2102507,00.html
Ten European energy groups have shown interest in becoming strategic investors in a €2bn ($2.7bn) project to build a new nuclear plant at Belene in Bulgaria. Three nuclear operators – France’s EDF, the Czech group CEZ and Eon of Germany – are among the potential bidders for a 49 per cent stake in a Bulgarian-controlled company that would build and operate the plant. NEC, the state electricity utility, would hold the other 51 per cent and would buy the plant’s full output for at least 15 years. Construction would start next year.
FT 14th June 2007 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/33cb6f18-1a13-11dc-99c5-000b5df10621,_i_rssPage=5b566934-3013-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8.html
The union representing engineers and other professionals working for the ESB is calling for nuclear power to be considered in the debate on Ireland’s future energy policies. In a report out today, Amicus says the Government’s recent white-paper proposals on energy was unrealistic and over-reliant on natural gas.
Irish Independent 14th June 2007 http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/national-news/esb-union-says-govt-should-consider-nuclear-power-701556.html
Letter: Response from Green Party to Roger Helmer MEP. Is this the same Roger Helmer whose website is full of articles dismissing climate change campaigners as alarmists, and asserting that there is no link between man-made CO? emissions and world temperature rise? Your concern is better late than never, Roger, but I’m afraid nuclear power is no solution. Not only is it dirty and dangerous, needing massive subsidies to make it viable, but it will not bridge the so-called “energy gap” by 2020.
Leicester Mercury 13th June 2007 http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=132938&command=displayContent&sourceNode=132547&contentPK=17546046&folderPk=77483&pNodeId=132438
While reactions to the Government’s support for nuclear energy in its latest White Paper have been mixed, in a new report the WWF insists the solutions to our climate and energy problems lie elsewhere. In its reportClimate Solutions: WWF’s vision for 2050 the WWF suggests the world can produce more than enough sustainable energy to curb climate change, if key decisions are made by 2012.
Energy Online 12th June 2007 http://www.energy-online.net/stories/articles/-/newsletter_stories/june/news/there_is_a_realistic_alternative_to_nuclear_says_wwf/
Oldbury nuclear power station may be started up again next month following a fire which prompted an emergency shutdown of a reactor. The station near Thornbury can return to producing electricity without the need to apply to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate for safety clearance because the blaze a fortnight ago took place in a generator separate from the plant’s nuclear reactor.
Western Daily Press 13th June 2007 http://www.westpress.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=146278&command=displayContent&sourceNode=146274&contentPK=17549736&folderPk=75999&pNodeId=146265
The Czech Republic’s Temelin nuclear power plant and the State Office for Nuclear Safety didn’t disclose to the public a technical glitch which occurred at the controversial plant on May 19, anti-Temelin groups said Wednesday. During a planned May 19 test of regulation devices in the plant’s first unit, an operator turned a reactor off the grid manually because it had failed to disconnect automatically, Temelin’s spokesman Marek Svitak confirmed.
Monsters and Critics 13th June 2007 http://news.monstersandcritics.com/europe/news/article_1317097.php/Controversial_Czech_nuclear_plant_kept_glitch_under_wraps
Scientists have criticised a major review of the world’s remaining oil reserves, warning that the end of oil is coming sooner than governments and oil companies are prepared to admit. BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, published yesterday, appears to show that the world still has enough “proven” reserves to provide 40 years of consumption at current rates. The assessment, based on officially reported figures, has once again pushed back the estimate of when the world will run dry. However, scientists led by the London-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, say that global production of oil is set to peak in the next four years before entering a steepening decline which will have massive consequences for the world economy and the way that we live our lives.
Independent 14th June 2007 http://news.independent.co.uk/sci_tech/article2656034.ece
Gordon Brown is ready to back a significant extension of Europe’s role in tackling climate change as part of moves to put a more populist gloss on the revived EU constitution. The move, likely to be endorsed at a summit in Brussels next week, could enable the EU to take a formal role in negotiating future global deals on capping carbon emissions. Mr Brown is understood to back ideas endorsed by Tony Blair and David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, for giving the EU a wider role in the fight against global warming.
Telegraph 14th June 2007 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/14/weu114.xml
The world’s leading technology companies have joined forces in an audacious scheme that would drastically cut the amount of energy used to power computers across the globe. The initiative, launched by Google and Intel, sets ambitious targets to cut the amount of electricity computers consume in half by 2010. The average PC wastes about half of the power it consumes, while servers squander around a third, according to officials at the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.
Telegraph 14th June 2007 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/06/14/cngoogle114.xml
SCOTTISH & Southern Energy (SSE) is closing in on becoming the second-largest energy provider in the UK after revealing it had added one million customers accounts in the last 11 months. Yesterday, the Perth-based company said it had reached the eight million customer mark – less than 11 months after it hit the seven million milestone, meaning over the period it has taken on more than 3,000 new accounts a day.
Scotsman 14th June 2007 http://business.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=928082007
The Herald 14th June 2007 http://www.theherald.co.uk/business/news/display.var.1470102.0.0.php
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