The First Minister has warned UK Energy Minister Chris Huhne that back-tracking over subsidising the nuclear industry will be as damaging as the decision to renege on tuition fees. He said the LibDem election manifesto had been absolutely clear that nuclear power would not be subsidised. However, current plans for the future of low-carbon energy could lead to subsidies for nuclear power, Mr Salmond said, adding: “That would be total disaster. This would be a bottomless pit of subsidy.
Herald 18th Dec 2010 more >>
If new environmental initiatives are passed coal-fried power will die a swift death, but energy bills may double by 2020 as a result. Ministers called time last week on the free-market model that has dominated the electricity industry for two decades with a sweeping set of reforms they said will jump-start a £200 billion low-carbon makeover. It will mean a speedier death for the dirtiest form of electricity generation, coal-fired power. It will also create one of the world’s most attractive fiscal regimes for nuclear and offshore wind power, and result in much higher bills for customers. Philip Lambert, founder of Lambert Energy Advisory, said that replacing coal-fired power with modern gas plants would achieve the same pollution reduction targets but at a fraction of the cost. And he added that fears about the security of gas supplies are misplaced. The new technologies that have opened up vast shale gas resources in America, and are now being brought to Europe, have given the world enough gas to meet demand for 250 years, Lambert said. Dale Vince, chief executive of Ecotricity, the renewable energy developer, warned that the new localism bill, which gives councils greater powers to veto projects, poses another danger for the government’s energy plans.
Sunday Times 19th Dec 2010 more >>
Now, imagine you’re running an elite branch of the police, responsible for the security of the country’s nuclear material and installations. Imagine you’re instituting a programme of modernisation and reform so that it can cope better with the threats posed by international terrorism. Would you call the programme “New Dawn”? I think I would not. If I were in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary’s thousands of sensible shoes, I think I’d pick something that sounded less like the title of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie – something that doesn’t raise the question: “Over what dystopian wasteland is this ‘New Dawn’ breaking?”, or conjure up the image of a heavy blood-red sun creeping across the ash-clogged skies of a new empire of cockroaches and scorpions. Richard Thompson, chief constable of the nuclear constabulary, which is the country’s most heavily armed police force (and that’s not even counting all the plutonium it’s packing), is of a different mind. I’m not saying New Dawn isn’t a catchy title but is that really a priority here? How important is it for programmes of public service reform to have exciting names?
Observer 19th Dec 2010 more >>
THE next stage of nuclear decommissioning could come earlier than planned at Bradwell power station. Extra funding has been allocated to the station to move the winding down programme on by 12 years. Bradwell is set to be given £71million in 2011/12, an extra £20million on the 2010/11 allocation, as part of a new approach towards decommissioning Magnox’ sites.
Maldon Standard 17th Dec 2010 more >>
INDUSTRY leaders and unions have welcomed the decision to give a five-year extension to the life of Hartlepool power station, which has safeguarded about 700 jobs in the region.
The move by EDF Energy ensures the plant, which brings in an estimated £30m a year to the local economy, will continue operating until at least 2019, after its reactors passed a technical and economic evaluation. There are no plans for Hartlepool to be involved in any new build until at least 2020.
Northern Echo 18th Dec 2010 more >>
Hartlepool & Heysham
POWER firm British Energy has announced plans to extend the life of two of the UK’s nuclear power stations for a further five years. The Hartlepool and Heysham 1 plants have been dogged by output issues in recent years, but British Energy – owned by French company EDF Energy – said the reactors had passed a technical and economic evaluation.
Huddersfield Examiner 18th Dec 2010 more >>
WYLFA B has moved a step closer as the power consortium behind the development welcomes Government reform in the electricity market. The changes are designed to support the generation of low-carbon power. Horizon Nuclear Power, which hopes to build two or three reactors at land around the existing Wylfa site, said they welcomed the changes.
Daily Post 18th Dec 2010 more >>
Suffolk Coastal Council document library regarding new reactor proposals for Sizewell.
Suffolk Coastal 1st Dec 2010 more >>
Just two weeks after two senior executives from the BMT Group Ltd., specialists in maritime design, engineering and risk management, were invited to become members of Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Committee came the announcement that the two organisations were joining with Greek bulk tanker and container ship operators Enterprises Shipping and Trading S.A. and US based atomic energy experts Hyperion Power in a bid to investigate the practicability of small modular nuclear reactors as the power plants for freight vessels of the future.
Handy Shipping Guide 18th Dec 2010 more >>
President Barack Obama has renewed his call for US senators to ratify an arms control treaty with Russia before the Democratic-led Congress breaks up.
BBC 19th Dec 2010 more >>
Local authorities have launched a campaign to delay Scotland’s world-leading targets to cut climate pollution, opening the first crack in the political consensus on climate policy. In a move that has angered environmentalists, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) umbrella group has begun lobbying political parties to postpone the agreed target – adopted in 2009 – to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020. Cosla argues that the severe reductions in public spending mean that Scotland has to take a “reality check” on its climate ambitions. But its proposal has been rejected by the Scottish Government and opposition politicians, and attacked by green groups as “completely unacceptable”.
Sunday Herald 19th Dec 2010 more >>
CBI and unions call on government to clear logjams delaying 37 major energy schemes that could create up to 50,000 construction jobs.
Observer 19th Dec 2010 more >>
The green credentials of the high street are being blown away in a blast of hot air. Stores including Next, French Connection and Waterstone’s have told staff to keep shop doors open on even the coldest days. The stores all boast of their environmentally friendly policies yet the open doors generate thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Last week, as snow swept Britain, The Sunday Times used a thermal imaging camera to test all the shops mentioned above, along with Gap, Monsoon, The Body Shop, Superdrug and Topshop. All the stores, in central London, were found with doors open and the images reveal heat flooding out.
Sunday Times 19th Dec 2010 more >>
Vulnerable people are going without food in order to keep the heating on while fuel bills rise and temperatures plummet across Scotland, a campaigning advice group has claimed. As the return of sub-zero conditions created hazardous conditions on the roads and for drivers and pedestrians alike, Citizens Advice Scotland said people have turned to drastic measures such as skipping meals and living, sleeping and eating in a single room to cut their fuel bills. It warned that more people risk being dragged into fuel poverty this Christmas as they struggle to cope with the “double whammy” of excessively cold weather and unusually high fuel charges. Chief executive Lucy McTernan said: “One-third of Scots are now officially living in fuel poverty and that is completely unacceptable. “Advisers across Scotland have reported to us that many people are so worried about their fuel bills that they are going without food in order to keep the heating on.
Herald 17th Dec 2010 (Also front page of Metro) more >>