Renewables are the form of electricity generation favoured by users of the BBC News website’s Electricity Calculator. Your responses indicate you would like more than a third of UK electricity to come from renewables such as wind and tidal turbines by the year 2020. Nuclear power emerges as your second preference, ahead of fossil fuels, with imports the least favoured option.
BBC 25th May 2006
The government has given the go-ahead to decommission the Sizewell A nuclear power station, which has been in operation for 40 years. The Health and Safety Executive granted consent to Magnox Electric – which runs the facility – to dismantle it once it stops generating at the end of 2006.
BBC 25th May 2006
Reuters 25th May 2006
FT 26th May 2006
Letter: There are no plans to build another Chernobyl here.
Leicester Mercury 25th May 2006
That’s the overwhelming verdict of hundreds of Evening Star readers who have today been taking part in an online webpoll. The supporters of proposals to build a new nuclear plant at Sizewell so far outnumber the opponents by almost three to one – suggesting that readers see the construction of a new power station on the Suffolk coast as beneficial for the environment and the economy.
Suffolk Evening Star 25th May 2006
When it comes to nuclear power, Dave “Chameleon” Cameron may be a few colours short of a rainbow when compared with Tony Blair. Even in the Labour Party few remember it, but one of Blair’s first big jobs was as Neil Kinnock’s shadow energy secretary, and his demolition of the muddled finances and environmental hazards of nuclear power played a large part in establishing him as a potential party leader.
New Statesman 29th May 2006
EDINBURGH MP Mark Lazarowicz has warned Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Government against pressing ahead quickly with a new generation of nuclear power stations. Following the Prime Minister’s statement that atomic power is “back on the agenda with a vengeance”, the Edinburgh North and Leith Labour MP sponsored an Early Day Motion on the issue at Westminster.
Edinburgh Evening News
President George W. Bush said on Thursday he would consider providing incentives to Iran if it agreed to resume a suspension on nuclear enrichment activities the United States believes is aimed at producing nuclear weapons.
Reuters 26th May 2006
Russian National Security Council secretary Igor Ivanov is to visit Iran in the coming days for talks on the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear programme.
Interactive Investor 25th May 2006
Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialled a 10bn-euro (£6.8bn) agreement on the plan.
BBC 25th May 2006
SOLAR panels which have been installed on every property on a north Manchester estate could save residents £100 each every year.
Manchester Evening News 25th May 2006
MORAY Council yesterday announced ambitious plans to make the area self-sufficient in energy by 2020. It would be the first place in Scotland to achieve this, and the move would exceed the Scottish Executive’s alternative energy target by a massive 60 per cent. Already two wind farms are operating in Moray, capable of generating almost 70 per cent of the area’s power needs. But the authority’s renewable energy strategy, published yesterday, highlights a range of other renewable energy initiatives which should make up the balance over the next 15 years. These include biomass developments, harnessing Moray’s vast forestry reserves, and a waste incinerator plant that will generate energy by converting waste from neighbouring Aberdeenshire and possibly the Highlands. The strategy also recommends the encouragement of small-scale energy projects, down to domestic level, through the planning system.
Scotsman 25th May 2006
A Pakistani lawmaker on Tuesday accused the country’s nuclear authorities of dumping radioactive waste near a village in central Punjab province, causing cancer, miscarriages, and infertility among villagers and livestock.
Reuters 24th May 2006
Concerns have been expressed about what jobs or training would be offered to workers once the Dounreay nuclear plant is decommissioned in 30 years time. John McKendrick, a Scottish Labour prospective parliamentary candidate, claims a proper strategy is not in place to offset job losses. He has accused the local enterprise company of a lack of forward planning.
BBC 23rd May 2006