In a report riddled with pro-nuclear fantasy hopes and statements, the Select Committee of MPs which scrutnises the Department of Energy and Climate Change has called upon the Government to give much better terms to nuclear power than will be offered to renewable energy. This mixture of pro-nuclear fantasy and preference for nuclear over renewables is highlighted when, on the one hand, the Committee calls for new nuclear build to be given no higher strike price than offshore wind, but then says that nuclear power should have its costs ‘guaranteed’ by the Treasury.
Dave Toke’s Green Energy Blog 20th May 2013 read more »
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Ian McCaig, chief executive of small gas and electricity supplier First Utility, argues that energy bills could overtake mortgage costs “over the next five to 10 years”. The Sunday Telegraph headlines the article “Energy bills ‘could overtake mortgages in five years’.” It’s a great headline, but is it right? If you live in Stoke, energy bills of £3,761 a year would be bigger than your mortgage – as suggested in the Sunday Telegraph. Your energy bills would need to grow by 21 per cent a year for five years to beat your mortgage. If energy bills keep going up, while mortgages stay flat, then sooner or later you will pay more for energy than for your house. But even in an idealised world, your mortgage will continue to be more than your energy bill for rather longer than the next five years, unless something really, really weird happens.
Carbon Brief 20th May 2013 read more »
The planned shutdown of Britain’s oldest nuclear reactor on Anglesey could be extended by 15 months if safety inspectors approve the work, says its operator. The Wylfa reactor 1 was expected to stop producing power in 2014, but it could continue until December 2015. Magnox said it wanted to ensure it maximised any electricity generating potential in the remaining fuel. The plans are subject to Periodic Safety Review (PSR) approval. The 490-megawatt reactor has been operating for 42 years. Reviews are carried out by nuclear site licence holders every 10 years to establish whether reactors are safe to run and these are monitored by Britain’s nuclear regulator. Reactor 2 at the same nuclear plant was shut down for good last year.
BBC 20th May 2013 read more »
Listed marine services group James Fisher & Sons has won a two-year £5m brief on the world’s deepest nuclear clean-up project. The Barrow-based company will support Dounreay Site Restoration in the supply of a suite of remote handling equipment to support the retrieval, sorting and segregation of miscellaneous waste materials from Dounreay’s shaft and silo facilities.
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Lessons learned from SMP: FoI request 13/0548.
DECC 20th May 2013 read more »
A 200-cubic metre electron beam welding chamber is being delivered to the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre near Rotherham. The mega-machines at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire keep coming, as a giant e-beam welding machine is the latest to join the ranks of special kit at the two High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres. The Pro-Beam K2000 electron beam welding chamber is designed for researching metal joining techniques with ultra-high precision, required for applications on super-large components like pressure vessels for nuclear power plants.
The Manufacturer 20th May 2013 read more »
More than two years since the Fukushima I meltdown in Japan, the global nuclear power industry is “beginning to put the accident behind us and is looking forward to the future,” International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said Monday. “Public confidence in the safety of nuclear power was deeply shaken by the accident,” Amano told the audience at the 12th biennial general meeting of the World Association of Nuclear Operators in Moscow, “but I believe we have made good progress in winning back that confidence.”
Platts 20th May 2013 read more »
On May 1st, 2013 combined RoRo/container vessel Atlantic Cartier burned at the harbour of Hamburg (Germany). The fire was extinguished after about 16 h by 5 fire-fighting boats and 296 fire-fighters. Only 500 m from the burning ship the opening service of church days was held with 35000 participants in the heart of 1.800.000 citizens town. Nobody have been warned or evacuated, not been informed afterwards either. Two weeks later an Answer from the federal state Government showed it was loaded with about 8.9t fissile Uraniumhexafluoride and 11.6t fissile Uraniumoxide or fuel rods beside 180t Ethanol, about 3,8t cartridges for Weapons 2,6t solid propellant and much more dangerous goods. The fire burned 70 new cars in the body of the ship, so some endangered Containers right on the top were cleared in hurry during fire-fighting operations.
WISE 20th May 2013 read more »
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Solar power is not usually considered a viable source of base-load electricity, but according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters (ERL), Japan could use solar power for base load because of the country’s large-scale pumped hydroelectric storage systems. Researchers from the University of Texas in the US have calculated that if solar panels were installed on available roof space in the greater Tokyo area, the region could generate up to 26.5% of the electricity it received from nuclear power before the Fukushima disaster.
Environmental Research Web 20th May 2013 read more »
The Algerian government is considering to build its first nuclear plant in 2025 to meet the country’s increasing electricity consumption. Minister of Energy and Mines, Yousef Yousfi was quoted by official APS news agency as saying that the country is planning to set up its first nuclear power plant in 2025.
Energy Business Review 20th May 2013 read more »
France should prepare itself for the possible simultaneous closure of multiple nuclear units for safety reasons over the coming decades, according to nuclear watchdog ASN. The country should take action in the short term to ensure there is sufficient power generation capacity if one or more of its ageing nuclear units has to close in the medium term, ASN president Pierre-Franck Chevet said. The ageing of non-replaceable nuclear components will eventually necessitate the closure of all 58 of the country’s nuclear units. The majority of these were first connected in the 1980s and were intended to operate until the 2020s. The narrow timeframe for the original connections and the standardised technology used could lead to several of the plants reaching the end of their lifetime within a relatively short period.
Argus 20th May 2013 read more »
A German law has recently come into effect ordering the cleanup of 126,000 barrels of radioactive waste at the Asse nuclear dump site. But it seems the process could take a lot longer than locals initially hoped for.
Deutsche Welle 20th May 2013 read more »
Householders across Great Britain will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating kit, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced today. The money off vouchers available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme have been increased to £2,300 for ground source heat pumps, £2,000 for biomass boilers, £1,300 for air source heat pumps and £600 for solar thermal systems.
DECC 20th May 2013 read more »
Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of trade body the Renewable Energy Association, said: “It’s welcome that these grants are being continued and the levels increased. They need to stay in place until the proper heat payment scheme for householders commences. This has been delayed on a number of occasions and we hope this will be the last time this stop-gap measure is needed.”
Guardian 20th May 2013 read more »
Less than a week before China’s premier visits Germany, tensions are rising between the European Commission, about to slap anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel producers, and Berlin, which prefers the path of negotiations lest Beijing retaliates against German exporters.Mr De Gucht is not unjustified in worrying that Beijing may consciously be undermining industries in Europe that it wants to develop in China. But here he has picked the wrong fight. If he goes ahead with duties, it will be hard for Germany to build a qualified majority of EU states to overrule him. All the more reason for Beijing and Berlin to come up with a face-saving compromise that Mr De Gucht can accept in the EU’s interest.
FT 20th May 2013 read more »
The rise of Ukip risks fuelling climate change scepticism as Conservative politicians embrace the populist “saloon bar” politics of Nigel Farage’s party, the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, has warned. Mr Davey blamed a recent upturn in climate change scepticism on a sustained campaign by “vested interests” supported by some sections of the media, and warned it could damage Britain’s credibility in the global debate on global warming.
Independent 20th May 2013 read more »