Rosatom, Russias state atomic energy corporation, is holding consultations over its possible involvement in the British nuclear program, according to Kirill Komarov, the deputy head of Rosatom responsible for development and international business. We are consulting with various stakeholders, but it is premature to talk of joining any current new build project, said Komarov. The Russian exporters might encounter some difficulties in this rather narrow and competitive market segment, because the UK has its own licensing requirements for nuclear projects, which differ from the general European requirements. This means that, for the UK to adopt Russian technologies, Russia will have to have its project licensed according to British standards. Yukka Laaksonen, vice-president of Rosatoms international branch Rosatom Overseas announced at Atomexpo-2012 that the Rosatom corporation would apply to the British and U.S. supervisory agencies to have its VVER reactor technologies certified there. Laaksonen said that the Russians plan to complete standard Generic Design Assessment (GDA) procedures within five years, in order to obtain licenses for the construction of VVER reactors in the UK. Plans to apply to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for certification of the VVER reactor design will happen later, according to Nuclear.ru.
Russia Beyond the headlines 23rd June 2012 more >>
Tens of thousands of demonstrators held antinuclear energy rallies in Tokyo, Osaka and U.S. cities Friday over the government’s decision to restart the first idled reactors since the Fukushima No. 1 meltdowns.
Japan Times 24th June 2012 more >>
This month’s NIS Update includes: £1.1 billion boost for Rolls-Royce submarine reactor plant; Private sector assistance considered for Trident replacement programme; Two-year blueprint published for removing Trident from Scotland; P5 to discuss nuclear weapons in Washington; Controversy over US nuclear regulator’s post-Fukushima emergency planning review; UK fissile material holdings reported; News from the Atomic Weapons Establishment: Health and Safety Executive to prosecute AWE following fire; AWE breaches Ionising Radiations Regulations; New water tank planned for AWE Burghfield.
Nuclear Information Service 23rd June 2012 more >>
Letter: There are many positive reasons to vote for independence. Perhaps one of the most inspiring is to allow Scotland to develop its vision as a world leader in alternative energy technology. We can also be proud of the humanity and open internationalism of the current Scottish Government, which would surely flourish as an independent member of the UN and we can hope would advocate alternatives to current diplomacy based on weapons of mass destruction within a planet we are currently polluting to death.
Herald 24th June 2012 more >>
It is not just that world temperatures are on average steadily rising, the weather everywhere is becoming more extreme. Eleven of the last 12 years have been the hottest on record, and the growing volatility in our weather is linked to global warming. As the earth warms, the relationships between ocean currents, the ice caps, atmospheric pressure and the jet stream become more turbulent, and the weather turns more unpredictable. Yet at Rio+20 there was, for example, no deterrent to the burning of fossil fuels or incentive to make renewable ones more economically attractive. Targets for sustainable development? Forget them. And so it went on a non-event that hardly got reported. US Tea Party activists and their bombastic British representative, Niall Ferguson now delivering the Reith lectures like to terrify their audiences with how much public debt today’s generation is leaving its children. Yet the same argument is not applied to the planet. At the end of his first lecture Professor Ferguson was asked if he applied the same logic on future generations to climate change: he was flummoxed, and dodged the question.
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A FURTHER £5 million has been set aside to help homeowners generate clean, green energy. The fund, announced by energy minister Fergus Ewing, will be used to provide loans of up to £10,000 for renewable heat technology projects, such as biomass boilers and heat pumps. The scheme will run from August. The loans are part of a wider strategy announced by the Scottish Government, which aims to encourage people to install microgeneration technologies in their homes, businesses and schools.
Scotsman 23rd June 2012 more >>
THE Scottish Government has been accused of ordering local authorities to identify more land for wind farm developments so that it can meet its renewable energy targets. Tory energy spokeswoman May Scanlon said a letter telling councils to create “spatial frameworks” for onshore wind farms in development plans was “an open invitation to wind farm companies across the world to submit their applications in Scotland”. In a move she said would worry communities already angered by the spread of the giant turbines, Ms Scanlon said it would provide companies with a list of sites to target for preferred development.
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ELEVEN days ago offshore wind developers published a rebuttal to their many critics, who claim the technology will be a costly white elephant. The Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force, an industry group set up by Charles Hendry, the energy minister, revealed a plan to reduce the costs of wind power by one-third by 2020. At the heart of the task forces cost-cutting report is the establishment of a new domestic supply chain. That ambition suffered a blow on Friday when Vestas, the worlds largest turbine maker, cancelled plans to build a giant new factory at Sheerness, Kent. It would have been the first in Britain to make offshore turbines, and would have provided up to 2,000 jobs. Vestas announced plans for the plant a year ago but said a final decision depended on a strong order book. Last week, it said it had yet to receive any definite deals.
Sunday Times 24th June 2012 more >>
The surprise entry of Whitelee, near Glasgow, to the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) comes as Europe’s largest wind farm gets ready to welcome it 250,000th visitor since it first powered up in 2009. Now with 140 turbines, Whitelee, on Eaglesham Moor, was the first wind farm in the world to create a visitor attraction with its success even coming as a surprise to its owners, ScottishPower Renewables. While nearly a quarter of a million people have visited its visitor centre, it is estimated that more than 100,000 have been drawn to the wind farm to use its 90km network of walking and cycling trails.
Herald 21st June 2012 more >>