Householders face paying hundreds of pounds more in their energy bills under a wide-ranging Coalition plan to “keep the lights on”. It is believed energy bills are likely to increase by at least £300 a year per household to fund financial support for the wind industry and other renewable projects. There are also warnings that energy firms will be forced to pass further costs on to the customer to cover the construction of nuclear plants. Ministers pledged they would not subsidise new reactors.
Telegraph 18th Oct 2010 more >>
The way will be cleared for the next generation of nuclear power stations on Monday with the publication of a revised list of suitable sites and clearer guidelines on how they can be used. Chris Huhne, secretary of state for energy and climate change, will issue a revised national policy statement – a bureaucratic procedure that forms one of the first steps in gaining planning permission. It establishes the need for new nuclear power stations and some criteria that new plants would have to meet. Monday’s nuclear announcement will be one of several ahead of Wednesday’s comprehensive spending review, when spending on some aspects of energy policy is expected to be slashed. The government is seeking to put a floor under the price of carbon dioxide permits under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme that would help to stimulate private sector investment
FT 19th Oct 2010 more >>
Germany’s ambivalence about nuclear energy, common in many developed countries, has been on display again recently, following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to extend the operating life of the country’s 17 nuclear plants for an average of 12 years beyond their currently scheduled closure dates. Mrs Merkel said this will help Germany develop the “most efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply worldwide.” Both sides argue about the facts, but underlying that debate is an argument about how those facts feel. How risk is perceived – whether the risk is nuclear power or genetically modified food or any potential threat – is never purely rational.
Scotsman 18th Oct 2010 more >>
Letter Cllr Euan McLeod: What Neil Craig and other fans of nuclear fail to mention is all the extra costs nuclear power incurs – the radioactive waste and decommissioning legacy is more than £80 billion and growing, then there is the £40-50bn it will cost to build a deep underground waste repository, and the insurance costs liabilities in the event of a major accident will fall again on the humble Scottish taxpayer.
Scotsman 18th Oct 2010 more >>
Following on from the good news earlier this week that the existing reactor at Wylfa will have its life extended for two more years, the Sunday Telegraph reports that the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne will announce this week that Wylfa B will be among those sites approved by the Government for a new nuclear power station.
The Druid 17th Oct 2010 more >>
Dylan Jones-Evans 17th Oct 2010 more >>
Sizewell & Bradwell
THE Government looks set to signal the go-ahead for a string of new nuclear power stations today – with two of those almost certainly on the Suffolk and Essex coastline. Charles Barnett, chairman of the Shutdown Sizewell Campaign, said an announcement today would be “jumping the gun”. He said the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate was currently carrying out a study on the safety of new technology, including the European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) that EDF is believed to favour for Sizewell C. “It would be a disgrace if new power stations were given the go ahead before we have the findings of this report,” he said. “What the Government should be doing is investing in more renewable energies.”Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) has been campaigning against a new power station there for more than three years. Chairman Andrew Blowers said there were four key arguments why a! plant should not be built at Bradwell. He claimed it would devastate the fishing and oyster industries, the site was a flood risk, nuclear waste would remain well after the power station had shut down and the high population of nearby areas would be impossible to evacuate in an emergency.
East Anglian Daily Times 18th Oct 2010 more >>
Russia and Venezuela have signed an agreement for Russia to build Venezuela’s first nuclear power plant. The agreement was signed during a visit by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez to Moscow today.
Oil Price 17th Oct 2010 more >>