Nuclear power will be unable to meet unpredictable shortfalls in Britain’s energy needs resulting from increased reliance on renewable energy, a leading energy expert said last week. Coal fired power stations are a much better back up energy source, said principal academic research fellow at the University College London’s Energy Institute Mark Barrett. “Renewable sources of power predominantly wind power can provide the majority of our electricity needs, but if we decarbonise our transport system with electric cars, we will need not just to replace, but supplement our current output,” he told a meeting to promote the renewable “supergrid” in the House of Commons last week.
New Civil Engineer 25th June 2009 more >>
Conservative plans to scrap the body which fast track decisions on nuclear power will devastate west Cumbria, an MP has claimed. Copeland’s Jamie Reed hit out at Shadow communities secretary Caroline Spelman after she told a national newspaper a Tory Government intends “within the first year” to pass laws to scrap the flagship planning body set up to speed up decisions on nuclear power, stations, roads, airports and other infrastructure. Mr Reed said the move would send potential investors in Sellafield away from the west Cumbria area and Britain in general to other countries where it is easier to do business.
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Lord Mandelson has outlined his vision for the future of the British nuclear industry in one of his first addresses in his amended role as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).
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A Somerset district has been reported to the Audit Commission by environmental campaigners for donating a site to train nuclear engineers.
Local Government Chronicle 25th June 2009 more >>
Consulting engineers Large & Associates were commissioned by a small NGO, Shutdown Sizewell, to examine why the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) – which is also frequently referred to as the “nuclear directorate” of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – chose not to prosecute Magnox Electric for an uncontrolled spillage of 180m (40,000 gallons) of radioactive pond water on 7 January 2007.
Environment Analyst 23rd June 2009 more >>
Last year hundreds of thousands of people were hit by electricity blackouts when the Sizewell B nuclear reactor and Longannet coal-fire power station unexpectedly broke down within minutes of each other. We should be under no illusions – there are dangerous weaknesses in our critical infrastructure and utilities networks that need to be addressed.
Sky News 24th June 2009 more >>
Dozens of construction workers at Sizewell B nuclear power station have today downed tools in sympathy for the sacked workers at the Lindsey oil refinery.
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The world is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of negotiations aimed at saving global agreements to keep nuclear weapons in check. Few realise that this involves at least as much science as it does diplomacy. The weapons treaties involved are totally dependent on verification science: inspections, remote monitoring and other methods of ensuring that people do not build or conceal banned weapons.
New Scientist 24th June 2009 more >>
Scottish lawmakers Wednesday backed a binding goal to cut greenhouse gases by 42 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels, edging Germany into second place in a ranking of the most ambitious developed world targets.
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Duke Energy Corp Chief Executive Jim Rogers sees Areva and Toshiba’s Westinghouse emerging as front-runners in the design of reactors for a much-anticipated U.S. nuclear revival.
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Spain’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved a government request to renew an aging plant’s operating permit for less than the usual 10 years, just days before it faces closure.
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