There’s widespread concern about the role Communist China may play in the new nuclear power stations planned at Hinkley Point (in Somerset), Sizewell (Suffolk) and Bradwell (Essex). Many experts say it’s a criminal risk to Britain’s national security because China is well known for cyber-espionage. Undaunted, Maldon District Council, which covers Bradwell, is ready to cash in, offering councillors free lessons in Mandarin. This has angered environment expert Professor Andy Blowers, who believes that — in any language — it is suicidal to hand the Bradwell site ‘lock, stock and barrel’ to Chinese investors.
Daily Mail 26th Dec 2016 read more »
Paul Brown: A legacy of lies and cover-up leaves nuclear energy with a serious credibility gap, and no sign of its long-promised revival. Despite this track record, the nuclear industry hopes to keep on growing and claims it is expecting to do so – and many governments continue to pour money into research and development. They do so in the hope that one day nuclear power will provide a safe and economically viable method of producing electricity. So far, however, there is no sign of the long-predicted nuclear renaissance. The costs of a safe design continue to increase as the industry and governments attempt to live down the legacy of misleading the public for the last 60 years. It seems that if the climate is to be saved from overheating, we shall have to do this without the aid of new nuclear power.
Climate News Network 25th Dec 2016 read more »
ISIS and nuclear Armageddon: “…However we look at it, as we hear the PR call for more and/or better nuclear weapons, the issue of nuclear weapons grade materials escaping from countries like the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Pakistan etc and also the possibility of theft from large nuclear reprocessing complexes in the west like Sellafield, La Hague, Hanford, Negev Nuclear Research Center etc means that huge resources will have to be spent defending these places that will not be accounted for in costing nuclear power and reprocessing to the tax payer with no guarantee that corrupt practices now or in the future will not circumvent them…..”
Nuclear-News 24th Dec 2016 read more »
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Energy Department says safety issues at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been addressed; facility to resume some operations as soon as next month.
Wall St Journal 23rd Dec 2016 read more »
A growing investigation of nuclear plant components made in France and sold in Europe and the United States is getting special attention at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island facility. The two nuclear reactor vessels at Prairie Island are largely built of steel made decades ago at Le Creusot forge in France. The forge’s owner, Areva, has become embroiled in a controversy over quality control and decades of possible record-keeping manipulation at Le Creusot — long before Areva even owned itFrance’s nuclear regulatory agency, ASN, is investigating Areva and the Le Creusot forge. And the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently asked Areva for documents associated with U.S. nuclear plant components manufactured at Le Creusot, NRC filings show. “We are following the French investigation and we are in contact with Areva,” said David McIntyre, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). “At this point, we see no safety concerns for U.S. plants.” The NRC has identified at least nine U.S. nuclear plants that contain components from the Le Creusot Forge, though it declined to identify those plants.
Star Tribune 23rd Dec 2016 read more »
A security consultant who held a “top secret” government clearance inside Australia’s only nuclear facility has been arrested and charged with the illegal possession of “official secrets” and an unauthorised weapon.
The Age 24th Dec 2016 read more »
The price of power for delivery on Christmas Day in Germany turned negative as a surge in wind generation is forecast to boost supply. Prices may be below zero for hours or even whole days during the holiday season as German wind output is predicted to climb to near-record levels and temperatures are set to increase more than 5 degrees Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) above normal.
Bloomberg 22nd Dec 2016 read more »
A fake news story has touched off a Twitter confrontation between nuclear powers Pakistan and Israel. The exchange took place following the publication of a fake story headlined “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack”. The story appeared on 20 December on the site AWD News. In an apparent response to the story, Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif sent a warning to Israel on Twitter that “Pakistan is a nuclear state too.”
Guardian 26th Dec 2016 read more »
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Independent 25th Dec 2016 read more »
Renewables – 2016 in review: ‘This is possible. We did it’: the week Portugal ran on renewables. “Now no one can come along and say in good conscience that this is impossible. No. This is possible. Because we did it. And if we did it, it’s also possible in other countries. It’s just a question of finding how to do it.”
Guardian 26th Dec 2016 read more »
Low Costs of Solar Power & Wind Power Crush Coal, Crush Nuclear, & Beat Natural Gas. We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are 5 messages that I think anyone wanting a better US economy (or a better economy in practically any country), anyone wanting national energy freedom (aka energy independence), anyone wanting to advance the most cost-effective choices for electricity generation, and anyone wanting to make logical energy decisions should know and share with others. Wind & Solar Are Cheaper (Without Subsidies) Than Dirty Energy; Wind & Solar Are Actually Even Much Cheaper Than Dirty Energy (More So Than Lazard Shows); Solar & Wind Became Much Cheaper In The Past 7 Years (85% and 66%, Respectively); The Lowest Solar Costs Shown In The Lazard Report Are Considerably Higher Than Globally Recorded Low-Price Bids; People Can Get Lower Prices But More Jobs With Solar & Wind.
Clean Technica 25th Dec 2016 read more »
Oil proponents have been saying for awhile now that solar doesn’t match up to oil’s energy output, but that statement may have just been proven false. In a major scientific study published in November 2016’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, researchers looked at 29 separate studies and compared the solar photovoltaics (PV) generated as compared to the energy needed to create and install the panels.
Themindunleashed 11th Dec 2016 read more »
This blog is a look at how three technologies – solar, batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) – are poised to disrupt a $6 trillion energy industry over the next two decades. The convergence of solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles creates a trifecta of disruptive forces hitting the energy industry over the next two decades. We’re going to see a mindset shift in the near future. It will just be accepted that every home will be powered by a combination of batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (i.e. Tesla’s vision)… and we’ll gawk disapprovingly at the idea of driving an explosive, expensive and environmentally damaging gas vehicle, and so on. This is an incredibly exciting time for the energy industry, and an incredibly exciting time to be alive.
Powur 6th Sept 2016 read more »
Two European Union-backed projects to export French electricity to Britain via subsea power cables have been thrown into doubt after officials in France raised concerns about the impact of Brexit on their profitability. The projects to build 1,000 megawatt and 1,400 megawatt interconnectors running beneath the English Channel between Normandy to Hampshire and Devon are a key plank of UK plans to ensure reliable future electricity supplies. Once built, together they will supply Britain with the equivalent of the output of two Sizewell B nuclear power stations, enough to meet the needs of 2.5 million homes. The projects will cost more than £1 billion to build, for which they have received €13 million of EU funding. The links could also be used to export UK electricity to France. However, Clive Moffatt, an energy consultant, said that there was “definite uncertainty” over how Brexit would affect the cost of importing or exporting electricity. He said that developers were increasingly concerned about possible trade restrictions that might make it “commercially unviable” to build the links. “These issues have not been resolved,” he said. “It’s going to take a while.” A final decision was due by the end of December, with contracts awarded for the first 240km link to Fareham near Portsmouth, known as IFA2, by its developers, National Grid and RTE, the French electric grid operator. But National Grid has confirmed that a final decision on the £590 million scheme has been delayed until next year, after French officials expressed concern about the implications of Brexit for the terms of the project.
Times 26th Dec 2016 read more »