One thing we know will not definitively be in the bill next week or whenever this month will be measures to promote demand side reduction. Not that these measures are not being worked on- it’s just that the task of making something actually work in the context of the overall architecture of the Bill is proving somewhat difficult. It might be, of course that a relatively simple amendment emerges, which commits the Secretary of State to do something within a year, defines in outline what that might be, and then leaves the detail to secondary legislation. Those who object that this leaves too much to be coloured in down the line might reflect that this is where most of the proposals elsewhere in the Bill actually are, and that at least there’s a firm outline and timetable on the face of the legislation. But how then to do it? I’m chairing a PRASEG meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) which is presenting the findings of a very thoughtful Green Alliance study on how to place demand side reduction measures onto the Bill. It looks at the range of possibilities, and concludes that providing a revenue stream for demand side FITs through Contracts for Difference is the best overall way to proceed.
Alan Whitehead MP 20th Nov 2012 more »
The forthcoming (and much-delayed) Energy Bill, vital to keeping Britain’s lights on, is, by contrast, the subject of a power struggle that reminds Tim Yeo, the Tory chairman of the energy select committee, of “a laughable plot line from The Thick Of It ”. One insider describes Mr Osborne’s intentions as “malign”, while a leading Lib Dem calls the Chancellor and his henchmen “a cabal of vested interests” that are in thrall to the energy giants. Daveyites are convinced that Mr Osborne was free to promote Mr Hayes – whose views the Energy Secretary finds intolerable – and install the climate change sceptic, Owen Paterson, as Environment Secretary because of the “weakness” of a PM who once promised to lead “the greenest government ever”.
Telegraph 20th Nov 2012 more »
Despite the need for investment in new nuclear power stations, significant progress in power construction is not expected until 2014 due to ever-growing concerns over the government’s commitment to investment in nuclear and offshore renewables.
FT 20th Nov 2012 more »
Recent blackmail by nuclear cheerleader Jamie Reed that Copeland/Cumbria has to accept nuclear new build and the nuclear dump or else suffer the cuts has filled the pages of the local press. Rather a contrast to 6 years ago when he told the House of Commons: The experience of Nirex endured by my community in the mid-1990′s was so wretched that I was minded to entitle this debate ‘fear and loathing’ He added: “As long as I have any-thing to do with it Nirex will never dig another sod of turf in West Cumbria.”
Radiation Free Lakeland 20th Nov 2012 more »
Plans to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell will pave the way for a jobs bonanza in Norfolk and Suffolk – with the aim of employing 25,000 people over nine years. The announcement comes today as EDF Energy launches its public consultation on the proposed development of the Sizewell C power station, which will cost £6bn and generate enough electricity to power five million homes.
Norwich Evening News 21st Nov 2012 more »
ITV News 21st Nov 2012 more »
ENERGY giant EDF Energy has today revealed the first details of its proposals to build a third nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast. The weighty documents outline how the company plans to progress the multi-billion pound Sizewell C project. For the first time communities across Suffolk can see how they might be affected by the development which is expected to take between seven and nine years to build.
East Anglian Daily Times 21st Nov 2012 more »
The energy giant will publish extensive proposals for Sizewell C, which is set to bring a wave jobs and opportunities for local businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Eastern Daily Press 20th Nov 2012 more »
As Oldbury celebrates its 45th birthday – and plans are announced for a new nuclear power station on the site – Gerry Brooke takes a look back.
Power Engineering 20th Nov 2012 more »
Bo Wier looks at the challenges involved to complete one of the world’s deepest nuclear clean-ups, and at some of the innovative approaches being deployed to accelerate the programme whilst minimising cost. A vertical shaft, excavated in the 1950s for the removal of rock spoil during construction of an undersea tunnel for the Dounreay site’s effluent discharge pipes, and authorised in 1958 as the UK’s first Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) disposal facility, now represents one of the biggest challenges in the UK’s nuclear decommissioning portfolio.
Engineer Live 21st Nov 2012 more »
Hunterston B power station is holding a series of apprentice information days over the next month, to help local youngsters kick start a new career in the nuclear energy industry. They have put out an appeal for more women to come forward to take advantage of the apprentice opportunities available at the local power station site.
Largs & Millport Gazette 20th Nov 2012 more »
Fears are mounting across the energy industry that the Prime Minister’s controversial plans to force companies to move customers on to the lowest available tariffs could cripple innovation across the industry, leading to the shelving of new green tariffs, electric car tariffs, and smart grid pilots.
Business Green 20th Nov 2012 more »
Ed Davey plans to make energy companies cut competing tariffs and put consumers on the lowest suitable price option. But will households really get cheaper energy bills as a result? Andrew Horstead, risk analyst for energy management firm Utilyx believes consumers are misguided if they think that this will lead to cheaper energy bills. He said: “Bills will continue to rise due to the impact of environmental taxes and social obligations, while the outlook for UK wholesale energy costs shows no sign of improvement. “In Germany, for example forward wholesale prices have actually dropped to their lowest level, in part due to a surge in solar and wind capacity, levels which the UK can only dream about. However, German energy suppliers have just raised domestic bills by 13% blaming rising environmental costs. Focus on tariffs is misplaced, what the government really needs to do is to engage with consumers and businesses to reduce energy consumption and promote energy efficiency.”
Guardian 20th Nov 2012 more »
In radical reforms, Edward Davey today called a halt to the confusion caused by hundreds of different rates on offer. Energy companies will be forced to switch anyone currently paying more than these four core tariffs on to a cheaper deal by the summer of 2014. Households will get to choose between a standard rate, a fixed rate and two other types such as a green tariff.
Telegraph 20th Nov 2012 more »
Energy bills will not get cheaper and householders will still have to shop around for the best deals despite government pledges to shake up gas and electricity charges. That was the claim from the energy industry and consumers last night after Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, announced plans to deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to get tough on high prices and confusing bills.
Times 21st Nov 2012 more »
For an interesting and creative perspective on the changes that are occurring in the energy sector take a look at the material being put out by Alexa Capital. Alexa is the brainchild of Bruce Huber the long-term guru of the renewables business at Jefferies. To illustrate what the report is about let’s start with a question – why has the power sector, particularly in Europe, lost so much of its value when electricity demand (other than from nuclear generation) continues to rise? On Alexa’s figures the combined value of Europe’s power utilities has collapsed by about 50 per cent since 2007 – from 900bn to 450bn today. The answer comes down to technology, and in particular, various forms of IT that are : creating much greater transparency in the market through liberalisation and unbundling; helping governments to set and enforce energy efficiency targets; permitting a shift to decentralised power generation; and changing the merit order of production in the power sector and so reducing profit margins.
FT 20th Nov 2012 more »
David Nussbaum: The prime minister has said very little publicly either on climate change or on wider environmental issues. The vacuum left by his silence has been filled by others in his party who seem determined to manipulate the debate around climate and energy policy for their own political ends. In 2008, George Osborne also talked of the need to “recognise the fierce urgency of now” in tackling climate change and pledged that a Conservative Treasury would “be in the lead of developing the low-carbon economy and financing a green recovery”. In office though, the chancellor has publicly promoted the fiction that green measures are a burden on our economy. His words, and those of others such as energy minister John Hayes, have undermined investor confidence and pushed up the cost of the capital UK businesses need to replace our obsolete, high-carbon energy infrastructure. Our country needs the jobs that these ill-advised words have jeopardised.
Guardian 20th Nov2012 more »
A £1.2 million centre to research the decontamination and safe storage of nuclear waste is being established at the University of Manchester in partnership with Sellafield Ltd. The aim is to complement research at Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. The new centre will also, the university says, build on research programmes at its Centre for Radiochemistry Research and the Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning. Its remit is to develop new technologies, enhance understanding of key nuclear technologies and develop effective and sustainable decontamination approaches.
Cumberland News 20th Nov 2012 more »
Process Engineering 20th Nov 2012 more »
Fukushima Crisis Update 16th to 19th Nov.
Greenpeace 20th Nov 2012 more »
The Czech authorities have temporarily blocked the state power company CEZ from signing a contract to build two nuclear reactors while they consider an appeal from France’s Areva against its disqualification from the tender.
FT 20th Nov 2012 more »
Iran is enriching uranium at a constant pace and international sanctions aimed at making Tehran suspend the activity are having no visible impact, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said in unusually blunt remarks on Tuesday.
Reuters 20th Nov 2012 more »
It has been widely thought that the arrival of cost-competitive rooftop solar PV systems would be the biggest game changer in the electricity market. But it may be that the emergence of affordable energy storage systems will have an even more profound impact.
Renew Economy 21st Nov 2012 more »
Fossil fuel-fired power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology could produce electricity as cheaply as nuclear and renewable energy technologies by the end of the decade, a government-backed report has concluded.
Business Green 21st Nov 2012 more »
Britain’s prospects of meeting legally binding CO2 emissions targets have significantly improved after a government task force ruled that a complex technology which captures and stores carbon dioxide will be cost-effective on a large scale. Ed Davey, the energy secretary, said the report paved the way for Britain to become a world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, adding that “deployment at scale will bring investment and jobs”. The report, the first to confirm CCS is commercially viable, found coal and gas-fired power plants fitted with the technology could generate electricity at £88 to £106 per megawatt hour by 2020. This compares to £92-£103 for onshore wind, £139 for offshore wind, £85 for nuclear and £116-£122 for biomass.
Independent 20th Nov 2012 more »