The nuclear industry is aiming to more than double its output from 18 per cent of Britains power requirements to 40 per cent. There are plans to achieve the target by building two huge reactors on each of the eight sites designated by the Government for new nuclear generation. EDF, the first company to take part in the new building programme, plans to construct two reactors at Hinkley Point, Somerset, and another two at Sizewell, Suffolk.
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About 1,250 rooms in private homes have been added to a housing register in readiness for workers if a new nuclear power station is built in Somerset. The register has been set up by the energy firm EDF which is proposing to build the power station at Hinkley Point. The private rooms are in addition to hoteliers, guest house and static caravan owners also keen to house them. About 5,600 workers would be employed during peak construction of the build.
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Environment Agency Nuclear Regulation Report to Sizewell Stakeholder Group on Sizewell B Power Station.
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Local heritage and environmental groups warn that plans to expand Lydd’s tiny airport now used by private jets, cargo planes and Lydd Air, which flies to Le Touquet in France will dramatically alter the haunting atmosphere of the marshlands, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The RSPB claims pollution and the use of bird-strike controls to protect passenger planes carrying between 200,000 and two million people a year will be devastating for the area’s wildlife. There are concerns, too, that the flight path poses a security risk to Dungeness nuclear power station and a primary school about 600 metres from where the planes would land.
Observer 21st Aug 2011 more >>
Energy regulator Ofgem has stepped up its investigation into the big six energy suppliers by appointing a specialist team of accountants to investigate how they calculate their profits. Forensic accounting specialists from BDO have been tasked to look at the trading profits, wholesale prices and hedging practices of the firms – British Gas, E.ON Energy, EDF Energy, Scottish Power, Npower and Scottish & Southern Energy – to determine if profits at their retail arms have been underestimated to justify higher prices. The appointment is part of an investigation launched by Ofgem in March, when it stated it had evidence that the big six had pushed up prices in response to rising costs more quickly than they reduced them when costs fell and promised to look into the “facts behind the numbers”.
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Green taxes will make up more than a third of the price of electricity by the end of the decade, pushing up prices to new highs by 2020. Figures from Utilyx, the energy consultants and traders, forecast a 58pc rise in the cost of power by 2020, largely driven by the impending avalanche of green taxes due to come into force over the next 10 years. The consultants estimate that 18pc of the current electricity price relates to climate change policies or £15 per megawatt-hour out of a £82 per megawatt-hour average. However, green taxes and new infrastructure costs will constitute 38pc of the charges, or £50 per megawatt-hour out of £130 per mega-watt hour, by 2020.
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Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. Meanwhile, Japan is not out of the danger zone…in fact the nuclear crisis is getting worse and worse! We’ve recently learned from Japan that the amount of radiation released was more than 20 times that from the Hiroshima bomb, and now it looks they may be experiencing the early stages of a total China Syndrome meltdown. And is the United States in danger too?
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Five months on from the devastating March 11 earthquake and nuclear disaster, the Japanese government has modified the countrys nuclear regulatory structure in a bid to defuse mounting opposition to the nuclear power industry. This week the environment minister was put in charge of a new Nuclear Safety Agency, created by merging two monitoring agencies.
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