SAM Laidlaw, the boss of Centrica, has just bought himself a slice of Britain’s nuclear future and a visit to Scotland provides an opportunity to impress the case for an energy review on Alex Salmond. Laidlaw has just acquired a 20% stake in British Energy, Britain’s nuclear operator, and has big plans to expand this side of Centrica’s operations. He’d dearly love Salmond’s government to embrace the nuclear option.
Scotland on Sunday 24th May 2009 more >>
The operators of the Sellafield nuclear facility in the UK are to be prosecuted after two employees of a contractor, received a “higher than anticipated” dose of radiation.
Domain-b 23rd May 2009 more >>
SSE will invest £1.5 billion in capital expenditure in the current year, with half going towards renewable energy projects. Chief executive Ian Marchant said the company was looking at further expanding its pumped storage capacity to complement variable output from wind farms. He also expressed an interest in acquiring EDF’s £3 billion UK power grid if the French state-owned utility opts to sell it.
Times 24th May 2009 more >>
Chu has eliminated funding for a project to build a nuclear waste store at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Instead of storage, he has backed the construction of fast neutron reactors that could burn long-lived waste. Such a move, which would require a major expansion of the US nuclear industry, has horrified ecology groups. Recently many have been angered by Chu’s actions, a point stressed by Damon Moglen from Greenpeace USA. “We are getting very concerned. Professor Chu is a good man and a good scientist, but the science on global warming is clear and he should be guided by the science not the politics,” Moglen said. “It is out of the question that the US should agree new power stations for burning coal – the dirtiest fuel. Our targets on emissions are too low anyway – and there is no way we will meet even those low targets if we allow more coal to be burned.”
Observer 24th May 2009 more >>