SOUTH-WEST Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has met with the new EU Competition Commissioner to challenge her over the decision to give the green light to the financial deal on Hinkley C nuclear power station. Ms Scott-Cato said the meeting with Commissioner Vestager was an important opportunity to make representations on behalf of the many businesses in the South-West which could be hit by what she claims is the unfair competition the deal represents, and her many constituents who oppose Hinkley C. She said: “I wanted a clearer understanding of Commissioner Vestager’s position on nuclear and Hinkley in particular and to establish how and whether decisions taken by the previous Commission can be challenged.”
Bridgwater Mercury 26th Dec 2014 read more »
South Korea has increased security around power plants after hackers penetrated their computer network and released sensitive documents online. Investigators cannot yet say if Pyongyang was involved in this hacking incident, but given the recent alleged North Korean cyberattack on the Sony movie studio, they cannot rule it out either.
Voice of America 26th Dec 2014 read more »
A suspect in the hacking attacks on South Korean nuclear reactors used multiple IP addresses based in China, investigators said Wednesday. The suspected hacker accessed the information from a Chinese city, a joint investigation of government and prosecution officials said, without disclosing the name of the city, Yonhap News Agency reported. The suspect, the self-proclaimed president of an anti-nuclear activist group, has published a wide range of information since last week, including personal information of some 10,000 employees of the state-run nuclear power plants operator, the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) company. On Tuesday, the suspect posted more information on Twitter, including four files of reactor-related information and what appeared to be blueprints of facilities, safety analysis reports of the reactors and links to news on reactor technology.
Bioscholar 24th Dec 2014 read more »
How a North Korean cyber attack could cripple Britain: Jets falling from the sky. Drinking water poisoned. Nuclear reactors ablaze. With chilling realism, a war historian imagines what would happen.
Daily Mail 26th Dec 2014 read more »
Nukes vs Climate
Academics argue that nuclear power is essential to save the planet from climate change, but critics say they seem to have forgotten the danger of a nuclear winter. Dr Jim Green, writing in the Ecologist magazine, makes the point that nuclear power and nuclear proliferation go hand in hand: “Even a modest exchange of nuclear warheads could profoundly affect biodiversity, and large scale nuclear war certainly would.” Dr Green also attacks the paper for endorsing fast breeder reactor technology as the solution to climate change. He says that the “fast reactor techno-utopia presented by Brook and Bradshaw is theoretically attractive”, but has already been tried unsuccessfully, and cannot be made to work in the real world.
Climate News Network 26th Dec 2014 read more »
Three South Korean workers have died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a new nuclear plant. Choi Hee-ye of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co said the victims were working at the construction site in the southeastern city of Ulsan when they fell unconscious and were taken to a hospital. Choi said the company has yet to determine the cause of the accident, although the leaking of nitrogen was suspected. Construction of the plant is scheduled to be completed next year.
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Breaking News 26th Dec 2014 read more »
Did hackers kill nuclear staff? Three South Koreans die after inhaling toxic gas while constructing nuclear power plant for firm targeted by cyber criminals. Their employer said there was no reason to link the deaths to the hackers’ threats, which followed the publication online of documents on nuclear facilities and information on staff. The workers are believed to have been killed by a nitrogen leak. The element is used in power plants to reduce oxygen levels in cooling water, to slow oxidation of equipment or to control pressure levels in tanks.
Daily Mail 27th Dec 2014 read more »
Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a draft agreement to construct the first nuclear power plant in Jordan.
Energy Business Review 26th Dec 2014 read more »
2014 brought us plenty of news to be unhappy about. The year had barely begun when a major chemical spill poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians, a disaster that left residents worried about the safety of their water for months. Not even a month after the spill, tens of thousands of tons of coal ash spewed into a river in North Carolina, the toxic waste product piling as high as five feet in some places. 2014 saw crippling drought in California, devastating flooding in India, and climatic changes that threw many members of the animal world into disarray. To top it all off, 2014 could very well turn out to be the hottest year on record. But 2014 saw some good news too – and a lot of it was in the form of advancements in renewable energy. Here are eight news stories from 2014 to remind you that, at least for the rene wable energy sector, this past year wasn’t so bad.
Climate Progress 23rd Dec 2014 read more »
Renewables – wind
ScottishPower, the UK’s largest generator of wind power, has said it sees plenty of room for expansion in Scotland despite the opposition the turbines attract. The Spanish-owned group has approval for it to raise its UK onshore wind capacity from the current 1,600 megawatts to more than 2,000MW – most of which would be in Scotland. In an interview with the Financial Times, Keith Anderson, chief executive of ScottishPower Renewables, credited Scotland’s grid infrastructure and planning policies with helping “pick up the pace” of onshore wind development in recent years. His upbeat comments come as Scotland-based onshore wind establishes itself as an increasingly important contributor to the UK electricity supply. According to the environmental group WWF Scotland, Scottish wind turbines generated more than 812,000MWh of electricity i n November – more than the total demand from Scottish households. Wind is the biggest source of Scottish renewable energy, which in 2013 accounted for 32 per cent of electricity generated in Scotland, the same as supplied from fossil fuels, according to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. A record 28 per cent of Scottish electricity was exported to the rest of the UK last year.
FT 26th Dec 2014 read more »
A call for proposals for seed investment for the community energy sector in England to develop a community energy support and advice Resource.
DECC 23rd Dec 2014 read more »
Nurses are calling on the Scottish Government to invest more cash in energy efficiency to help prevent health problems linked with people living in damp, cold homes. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland has joined forces with environmental campaigners at WWF Scotland and a coalition of housing, energy and consumer advice organisations to urge ministers to make improving energy efficiency a top priority. It comes after Scottish Government figures for 2013 revealed 940,000 households across the country were classed as being in fuel poverty – a rise of about 100,000 from the previous year.
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SCOTTISH ministers were accused of having a “dismal” and “appalling” record on tackling climate change after it emerged the government had failed to make environmental improvements to its own buildings. Ministers admitted no bid had been made to improve the energy performance certificates – which state the energy efficiency of a property – in any of the Scottish Government’s 79 building in the past three years. The Scottish Government’s official website states it is “determined to play its part in tackling climate change”, with an “ambitious” target for a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. However, Holyrood figures showed only two of the 79 sites have renewable energy sources, with solar heating panels installed at the government offices at Saughton House in Edinburgh and Tweedbank in Galashiels.
Scotsman 26th Dec 2014 read more »