RESIDENTS are being invited to find out more about EDF Energy’s plans to improve two road junctions in Bridgwater as part of the development consent order for Hinkley Point C. A drop-in session will be held in Room 17-18, The Exchange, Express Business Park, in Bridgwater on Wednesday, November 16, from 3.30pm to 7pm. It will be an opportunity for people to meet members of the project team behind the work and learn more about a temporary one-way system which will be in place during the improvements.
Bridgwater Mercury 15th Nov 2016 read more »
The vote to leave the EU has had a huge impact on the prospect for work in construction with more than a third fewer jobs expected to be created in Wales over the next five years. That’s according to figures released today by the Construction Industry Training Board, which back in January forecast the sector would grow by 7.1% between 2017 and 2021, creating 27,000 jobs. But in its latest estimate published today the CITB has revised those figures downwards. It now expects an annual average growth in construction output for Wales of 5.7%. Because of this it is now forecasting that just 17,700 jobs will be created – 34% less than its previous estimate.
Wales Online 15th Nov 2016 read more »
PLANS to build a new nuclear facility in west Cumbria may be opposed by councillors if assurances aren’t given about key infrastructure, including roads and health services. David Southward, a senior member of Cumbria County Council, told the News & Star there are still “many issues of concern” about the proposed Moorside power station. He has today issued an ultimatum to NuGen to address these issues – including how the development will impact on existing roads, railways and health services – urgently.
Carlisle News & Star 16th Nov 2016 read more »
The long term problems of what to do with nuclear waste remain entirely unsolved, writes Andrew Blowers. Yet governments and the nuclear industry continue to peddle their untenable ‘bury and forget’ policy of deep geological disposal, which only unloads the toxic legacy of modern day nuclear power and weapons onto uncountable future generations. In all the recent debate about the future of nuclear energy, one issue, perhaps the most important of all, has been largely ignored. Yet the problem of dealing with waste and contamination that follows nuclear activity as night follows day afflicts not only those generations that get the dubious benefit of nuclear electricity, but also imposes burdens of effort, risk and cost on generations into the far and unforeseeable future. That burden will be disproportionately borne by those communities already hosting nuclear facilities as they will be the most likely recipients of any new nuclear development.
Ecologist 16th Nov 2016 read more »
The UK Government can embed a “world class” low-carbon environment that could mobilise significant investment streams, but only if current policy gaps and mixed legislative signals are addressed with “bold” action. That is the overarching view of the Future low carbon investment in the UK report, published by a group of leading NGOs, which claimed that the UK’s carbon plan and industrial strategy could generate billions in clean revenue streams if the Government sharpens policies in the low-carbon heat and transport sectors. The report, produced by the Green Alliance, RSPB, WWF, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Greenpeace, claimed that “bold” action is need to stimulate the UK’s low-carbon transition. According to the report, clearer policies on renewables could attract around £47bn of investment between 2021 and 2026, while £8.6bn could be saved annually during the 2020s by retrofitting domestic buildings with heat efficiency measures.
Edie 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Energy systems are going through a period of fundamental change due to new technologies, energy economics, business models and changing social preferences. Much of the momentum for change, in most countries, is closer to the demand side and at the local distribution level, where the opportunities for taking a whole systems approach across electricity, heat and transport are easier to identify and act upon. Such an approach to system transformation is more aligned with the needs of people, for example encompassing ideas of ‘taking back control’ and is based on the principles of creating a system which is smarter, flexible and more integrated. To enable this to happen in Great Britain, a new approach to energy governance, based on new ideas, new institutions and new people is required.
IGov 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Energy Policy – Scotland
The Scotland energy system is currently in the process of an unprecedented restructuring. The implications of the UK vote for British Independence from the EU-bloc for these changes over both the short and long term are critical to the future shape of Scotland’s energy mix.
Scottish Energy News 17th Nov 2016 read more »
China is looking to further its nuclear partnership with France, after Vice Premier Ma Kai said he will encourange Chinese enterprises to invest in the resturcturing of the French state-controlled nuclear group, Areva. This follows their joint investment in the construction of the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant in the UK. Ma was speaking at a press conference following a High Level Economic and Financial Dialogue between the two countries in Paris.
CCTV 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Areva and EDF yesterday signed a contract for the sale of Areva NP’s reactor business. EDF will take exclusive control of the new entity, referred to as ‘New NP’ and valued at €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion).
World Nuclear News 16th Nov 2016 read more »
EDF will not be able to restart seven nuclear reactors undergoing safety checks for at least another 45 days, France’s nuclear watchdog ASN said on Tuesday, suggesting a potential setback in EDF’s plans to restart the reactors by the year-end. EDF has been told to conduct checks on 12 reactors at the request of ASN, leading to lower than usual power capacity in France in the run-up to winter and triggering a jump in European prices to multi-year highs. ASN has yet to receive additional information it has requested from EDF regarding seven reactors, a spokeswoman told Reuters, confirming an earlier report by BFM Business radio.
Reuters 15th Nov 2016 read more »
French state-owned power utility EDF has agreed to buy loss-making Areva’s nuclear reactors in a deal valuing them at 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion). Areva, which has been under severe financial strain, is undergoing a restructuring and is selling the Areva NP business to focus on uranium mining and nuclear fuel. Wednesday’s widely-expected announcement from the French companies clears the way for Areva to raise a further 5 billion euros in new capital, largely from the French state.
Reuters 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Three months ago, investors wanting exposure to Germany’s utilities had a choice of two leading companies. Now, after one of the biggest restructurings the German power industry has seen, they have four. Both RWE and Eon have divided themselves in two, creating respectively the entities Innogy and Uniper, which listed within less than a month of each other on the Frankfurt stock exchange. Suddenly, an industry that seemed to be in perpetual crisis has something to brag about. Shares in Innogy and Uniper have risen since their flotations. For Stephan Lehrke, senior partner at Boston Consulting Group, the utilities “are now looking to the future” and can start thinking about growth options, as well as even mergers and acquisitions. “The risks are still there but they’re manageable now,” he says. The restructuring has radically redrawn the German energy landscape by splitting it into two parts — ostensibly a “clean” one and a “dirty” one. RWE and Uniper have the old gas and coal-fired power stations that symbolise Germany’s fossil fuel past, while Eon and Innogy hold the clean, green businesses such as infrastructure and renewables. The original companies, Eon and RWE, are still operating the nuclear assets and are liable for any bills and future clean-up costs.
FT 16th Nov 2016 read more »
World electricity generation from nuclear energy could range from 3,960 TWh to 6,101 TWh by 2040, increasing from around 2,535 TWh in 2014 in a number of different scenarios examined by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its World Energy Outlook 2016 report released today. The report covers three possible scenarios. The main scenario, the ‘New Policies Scenario’, incorporates existing energy policies as well as an assessment of the results likely to stem from the implementation of pledges submitted for the COP21 Paris climate agreement. The ‘Current Policies Scenario’ includes only those policies firmly enacted as of mid-2016, while the ‘450 Scenario’ sets out an “energy pathway” consistent with the goal of limiting the global increase in temperature to less than two degrees Celsius by limiting the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to around 450 parts per million of CO2. Under the 450 Scenario nuclear could be generating 6,101 TWh of the world’s electricity by 2040. That would increase nuclear’s share of the energy mix from 11% in 2014 to 18% in 2040, the report says.
Nucnet 16th Nov 2016 read more »
There will be “major transformations in the global energy system over the next decades” as government policies to combat climate change and energy efficiency measures take effect, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Nuclear generating capacity, it says, could more than double by 2040. In the World Energy Outlook 2016, published today, the IEA presents three scenarios for the world’s energy mix up to 2040. The New Policies Scenario looks at the impact of existing government policies and commitments on energy demand, supplies and investments. The Current Policies Scenario only includes policies that are firmly enacted, providing a benchmark. The 450 Scenario demonstrates a pathway to limit long-term global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
World Nuclear News 16th Nov 2016 read more »
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has dramatically scaled back its outlook for coal demand growth over the next 25 years, Carbon Brief analysis shows. The 2016 World Energy Outlook sees global coal demand rise by 214 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) by 2040, less than half the 485Mtoe increase it expected last year. The IEA is also now persuaded that Chinese coal demand peaked in 2013. Nonetheless, its central outlook sees coal use in 2040 being more than twice as high as needed for a 2C path. This coal disparity is the largest obstacle to meeting global climate goals, the report shows. Carbon Brief looks at what the World Energy Outlook means for coal and the climate.
Carbon Brief 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Oil demand will keep growing until at least 2040 as increasing fuel needs for shipping, aviation, trucks and plastics manufacturing more than offset the impact of electric cars and climate targets, the International Energy Agency has forecast. The current investment slump due to lower oil prices is setting the stage for a fresh cycle of boom and bust, with supply shortages likely to cause rapid price increases by the early 2020s unless companies start developing new projects again next year, the IEA warned. In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the Paris-based agency said there was “no peak yet in sight” for oil demand, countering suggestions by companies like Royal Dutch Shell which has said demand could peak in as little as five years’ time.
Telegraph 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Awesome scene as robots at Chernobyl move huge concrete radiation shield over site of world’s worst nuclear disaster. Giant robots are moving a 900ft-wide shield over the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The £1.3bn concrete and steel arch will cover the remains of the reactor at Chernobyl, which lost its roof in a catastrophic explosion in 1986, triggering a health crisis across Europe. The shield will be put in place by Saturday – just over 30 years after the disaster – to prevent further radioactive substances getting into the air. Ukraine’s ecology minister, Ostap Semerak, said the operation to cover the reactor was “the beginning of the end of a 30-year long fight with the consequences of the 1986 accident”.
Mirror 16th Nov 2016 read more »
With a few notable exceptions, Democratic and Republican presidents alike have generally tried to restrain if not reverse nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons came into existence. But in the era of Donald Trump, that history may count for nothing. President-elect Trump apparently has little time for his country’s fragile nuclear weapons deal with Iran, and his alarmingly permissive statements about the wider proliferation of nuclear weapons fly in the face of US nonproliferation policy since 1945. US presidents have been trying to contain the spread of nuclear weapons since the dawn of the atomic age. There were missteps along the way: Dwight Eisenhower’s ill-considered “Atoms for Peace” programme ended up distributing nuclear technology around the world, contributing in particular to India’s pursuit of “the bomb”, which it eventually acquired in 1974.
The Conversation 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Radiochemical factory Mayak located in the Chelyabinsk region, southern Urals, has launched the recycling of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from submarines, the factory press service said on Wednesday.
Tass 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved an extension to the operating period for Kansai Electric Power’s Mihama unit 3, enabling the plant to operate for up to 60 years. The NRA’s decision clears the 780 MWe pressurized water reactor to operate until 2036. It had previously been licensed until this year. Mihama 3 is the third Japanese unit to be granted a licence extension enabling it to operate beyond 40 years under revised regulations, following Kansai’s Takahama 1 and 2 which received NRA approval in June.
World Nuclear News 16th Nov 2016 read more »
The renewable energy sector could provide alternative employment for hundreds of people in Plymouth if the UK were to scrap its nuclear deterrent programme, it has been claimed. It’s estimated that the renewal of Trident – a fleet of four submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons – will create or sustain about 1,500 jobs at Devonport, which is the UK’s sole refitting and defuelling site for all nuclear-powered submarines. A report commissioned by the Green Party suggests that if some of the money earmarked for the multi-billion pound project were to be invested in green projects, Devonport could manufacture materials required for renewable energy production, thus creating alternative jobs for Plymouth workers. But the claims have been fiercely criticised by Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer, who said jobs in the city were dependent on the renewal of Trident, and branded some suggestions made by the report “utterly farcical”.
Plymouth Herald 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables: The UK’s low-carbon and renewable energy economy had a turnover of £46.2 billion and employed almost a quarter of a million people in 2014. Recent policy shifts at Westminster, however, have left the future growth of the sector in question. As we approach the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23 Scottish Renewables has developed a five-point action plan to get our industry investing again. For offshore wind, the key point is the launch of the auction round announced back in March’s (2016) Budget. Onshore wind and solar are the two cheapest forms of renewables that can be deployed today – and are on track to be the cheapest forms of electricity in the next decade. Together they can make a huge contribution to the Government’s ambitions to tackle climate change at lowest cost to consumers. But both are locked out from bidding for Contracts for Difference. That must change if we are to deliver climate targets while keeping consumer bills down. Thirdly, Scottish Renewables would like the Government to address the financial challenge of developing renewables projects in the part of our country with the greatest wind, wave and tide resource: the Scottish islands. Increased renewable energy deployment on Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles could provide benefits up to £725 million for local economies and deliver renewable power to the rest of the UK at a competitive cost to the consumer. Our fourth proposal is for a clear, comprehensive plan to decarbonise heat and support smaller-scale renewables. The Feed-in Tariff, which supports tech like rooftop solar and small wind turbines, is to end soon – after helping incentivise almost 890,000 solar PV installations and initiating a renaissance in hydro in Scotland. Finally, Scottish Renewables would like the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement to look to the future. The Carbon Trust has estimated that increased energy storage in the UK electricity system could deliver savings of up to £2.4bn a year by 2030, or £50 a year on the average consumer energy bill.
Scotsman 17th Nov 2016 read more »
Renewables – solar
Sustainability expert, Chris Goodall, shares his thoughts via Mega.Online in a new video on how the power of the sun could continue to drive global energy use and change the world. The video interview with Goodall, author of The Switch, focuses on why cheap solar panels and advancements in storage technology are about to transform our world.
Blue & Green Tomorrow 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Renewables – Floating Turbines
In response to the news that the planning application for floating wind turbines, off the coast of the former Dounreay Nuclear Reactor Facility, has been submitted, WWF Scotland Director, Lang Banks, said: “This proposal will of course have to go through all the usual planning processes. However, successfully developing floating turbines could enable Scotland and other nations to secure even more clean power from offshore wind in the future. “There’s also something quite symbolic in the fact that clean renewable electricity might one day be being generated within a stone’s throw of the failed and polluting nuclear reactor site at Dounreay. “While nuclear power and fossils fuels should be consigned to history, with the right political support for offshore wind and other technologies, Scotland is well placed to become the EU’s first fully renewable electricity nation. This is an aspiration we hope the Scottish Government will aim for its forthcoming energy strategy.”
Blue & Green Tomorrow 16th Nov 2016 read more »
Environmentalists have welcomed the submission of a planning application to install two ‘floating’ wind turbines in the seas off the Dounreay nuclear plant, now being decommissioned. The turbines would be fixed on to a single semi-submersible platform, 3.7 miles off the Caithness coast in the waters of the Pentland Firth. They would have a total capacity of eight to 12 megawatts. A subsea cable being would have to be laid and a substation built onshore. Swedish company Hexicon appointed WS Atkins as its engineering partner last year to help design the demonstrator project. Another company Dounreay Tri, has been formed to guide the project through the planning process. The application is now with Scottish Ministers.
Herald 16th Nov 2016 read more »
MORE than a third of Scottish households are living in fuel poverty and nearly half of those affected are pensioners, the Existing Homes Alliance said yesterday. The revelation that 845,000 households have to spend 10 per cent or more of total income on keeping homes adequately warm means that the SNP administration has failed to keep its pledge to end fuel poverty north of the border by this month. Scottish Labour is demanding a Warm Homes Act and specific targets to tackle the scourge, which deputy leader Alex Rowley branded “shameful.” Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has promised an extra £10 million to remedy the problem, but this amounts to a measly £11.83 per household affected. Scottish Greens housing spokesman Andy Wightman said people living in fuel-poor homes were at greater risk of “poor health and lower educational attainment,” while WWF Scotland climate and energy policy officer Fabrice Leveque called investment in energy-efficient homes “a no-brainer.”
Morning Star 17th Nov 2016 read more »
LABOUR has called on the Scottish Government to set a new target to eradicate fuel poverty after a target to do so by this month was missed. The latest figures show about 845,000 households – or 35 per cent of homes in Scotland – are still living in fuel poverty and almost half of those affected are pensioners. Fuel poverty is currently defined as households which spend 10 per cent or more of their income on heating. Alex Rowley said the failure to hit the target was a “source of regret” and accused
The National 17th Nov 2016 read more »
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