Paul Golby said Eon was interested in participating in “more than one” new nuclear power station in Britain, while wind power would be the main focus of a 1 billion pound investment programme in low-carbon energy over the next five years.
MSN 22nd Jan 2008 more >>
The British government’s recent decision to encourage new nuclear power plants has attracted much scrutiny. Andy Rowell and Richard Cookson report that “the Government held at least nine secret meetings at Downing Street with the bosses of nuclear energy companies while it formulated controversial plans for a new generation of the power plants.”
PR Watch 16th Jan 2008 more >>
Contractors are already in talks with potential partners to consider creating PFI-style consortia to deliver the next generation of nuclear plants. Balfour Beatty civil engineering managing director Andrew McNaughton said: “Banks will be nervous about funding a power station because of the construction risks, but a consortium that has a contractor on board putting in equity and a commitment to deliver the construction phase on time and to budget makes this a much more attractive proposition.”
Contract Journal 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett put US$50 million on the table in 2006 and challenged the world to raise another $100 million for an international nuclear fuel bank. He called it “an investment in a safer world” — a world that will soon host an expanding group of nuclear power reactors. The idea was developed by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a charity based in Washington DC that works to reduce the dangers of nuclear technology, and the proposal has met with enthusiasm from politicians, think-tanks and bureaucrats.
Nature 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
The unexpected shutdown of British Energy’s Torness-2 nuclear plant on Tuesday was caused by a common reactor trip and not due to a boiler problem at another company atomic plant, a company spokeswoman said.
Reuters 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
Residents have been urged to object to any future plans for a new nuclear build on the Bradwell site. A packed meeting of West Mersea residents heard that the future of the plant, once it is decommissioned, would be out of the hands of current managers Magnox South.
Essex Gazette 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
The SNP has attacked UK ministers for failing to act quickly to secure the project for Scotland. Mr Hosie said: “Instead of supporting a project to develop potentially planet- saving technology in Scotland, the UK government is prepared to squander vast resources on nuclear power, which the government’s own figures show will have a negligible impact on carbon abatement.”
Scotsman 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has dismissed fears that his country’s nuclear weapons could be acquired by Islamist militants.
BBC 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband hailed a new agreement between world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme and urged Tehran to shun the path of confrontation. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany have agreed a new Security Council resolution against Iran over its disputed nuclear programme.
Interactive Investor 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
A blueprint for tackling global warming was put on the table yesterday by the EU, which challenged the US and other big polluters worldwide to join the battle against climate change. Setting out plans for the world’s first significant low-carbon economy, the EU ordered swingeing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions which included challenging targets for Britain. Under draft legislation unveiled by the European commission, 20% of Europe’s energy mix is to come from renewable sources by 2020, while Europe’s biggest polluting industries must slash their emissions by 21% against 2005 levels by the same deadline.
Guardian 24th Jan 2008 more >>
FT 24th Jan 2008 more >>
Promising a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, the EU now claims to be the world leader in tackling climate change. But dig a little deeper, and the whole project starts to look like a smoke-and-mirrors trick to allow European industry to carry on polluting.
Guardian 24th Jan 2008 more >>
The government was putting a cheery smile on today’s European Union’s energy package which slaps on Britain a target of ensuring 15% of our energy comes from renewable sources by 2020.
Guardian 23rd Jan 2008 more >>
A rapid and vast expansion of renewable energy is on the way in Britain to help with the fight against climate change, it was revealed yesterday. In a mere dozen years, the amount of UK electricity generated by renewable technologies such as wind, wave and tidal power will have to reach nearly half the national total, under ambitious plans put forward by the European Commission in Brussels.
Independent 24th Jan 2008 more >>
The cost of household electricity bills is expected to rise by up to 15 per cent if Britain is to meet compulsory climate change targets announced yesterday. Under the European Commission’s proposed measures for renewable energy supplies and lower carbon dioxide emissions, Britain will be required to increase its proportion of renewable energy from 1.3 per cent in 2005 to 15 per cent in 2020 – the equivalent of 20,000 wind turbines being erected in the countryside and offshore if Britain is to meet the target.
Times 24th Jan 2008 more >>
Telegraph 24th Jan 2008 more >>
Under the European Commission’s proposals, each European Union state has its own legally binding target for increasing the share of renewables, such as wind and solar power, in its energy mix. At the top of the scale, Sweden, which already generates most of its electricity from nuclear and hydro-electric power, is being asked to raise renewables to 49 per cent of the country’s overall energy use. At the lower end of the scale, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic and Hungary are each being asked to meet a 13 per cent target.
FT 24th Jan 2008 more >>