Campaigners are due to march through Thornbury today against plans to create a nuclear power in the area. Residents in Shepperdine want to stop plans for a new nuclear power station at nearby Oldbury and will today take to the streets to raise their concerns. They’re expecting around 200 people to turn out for the demonstration with the theme of the day being “Power to the People”. A series of lectures are also being held in Cosshall about nuclear energy. The Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy campaign group is also concerned about plans to create another new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.
Star Radio 27th Nov 2010 more >>
Greg Barker: The existing centralised energy system that was developed in the last century is not fit for the challenges of this one. Yes we need new nuclear, big offshore wind farms and new coal with CCS. But the energy conundrum we now face requires a new and broader approach in which our communities are encouraged to produce their own energy. It’s because of the importance of local communities that I’m concerned about large scale green field based solar farms being allowed to distort the available funding for domestic solar technologies. We want to see far more solar panels on Britain’s roof space but not all over the countryside.
Independent 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Key Green Party figures, including leader Caroline Lucas MP, Green MEPs Jean Lambert and Keith Taylor, and Green London Assembly Members Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson, have signed up to the Kick Nuclear coalition. They have signed up both as individuals, and on behalf of the Green Party.The London group is part of the Stop Nuclear Power Network, which was formed earlier this year to campaign against government plans to commission a new generation of nuclear power stations next spring. In October, the group launched the Boycott EDF campaign, calling on EDF Energy customers to switch energy providers, as a protest against the company’s position as the principal promoter of nuclear energy in the UK.
News on News 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Roger Helmer MEP: A number of environmentalists, complains I “fail to offer any solutions in moving our economy away from fossil fuels to renewables”. I don’t offer alternative solutions to climate change, because I don’t believe human activity causes climate change, and I don’t believe anything we do will make a scrap of difference. The climate has always changed, and always will.
Nottingham Evening Post 26th Nov 2010 more >>
A public meeting is being held on Wednesday (1 December) to discuss the government’s plans for a “new build” near the decommissioned nuclear power station at Bradwell, Essex.
Bradwell, which closed in 2002, is one of eight sites identified for possible new nuclear power stations. The government’s head of new nuclear development, Hergen Haye, will speak at the meeting, which is to be attended by the county, district and town councils concerned, as well as local MPs. The event has been organised by protest group Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group, which says the case for a new power station is “less than convincing”.
Insider Media 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Hinkley Diverting Resources?
The West “risks losing out to Scotland” in the renewable energy revolution, the industry has warned. Merlin Hyman, the chief executive of Regen SW, the centre for renewable energy, said “significant support” was needed from new local enterprise partnerships which are replacing regional development agencies. Speaking at the annual Renewable Futures conference in Bath, Mr Hyman said Government policy might otherwise allow Scotland to steal a march on the English regions in green job creation. He voiced his concerns following a debate on government renewable energy policies that opened the conference.
This is Somerst 25th Nov 2010 more >>
EDF will select a preferred bidder for the £180m earthworks contract for its planned Hinkley Point nuclear power station before Christmas, write Joey Gardiner and David Matthews. The announcement came as the energy company confirmed it will seek permission to carry out early works in advance of receiving full planning permission for the £4bn power station, the first to be built in the UK for 25 years.
Building 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Energy giant EDF has been told it must submit a “robust” application for preliminary work at the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station or risk it being rejected by planning officials. The impact of the power station on the landscape and local life, and the level of community mitigation its French developer should offer, were the subject of high-level talks in London this week. Councillor Tim Taylor, leader of West Somerset Council, held talks with EDF representatives at the House of Commons, while Sedgemoor council counterpart Duncan McGinty raised the issue of the French company’s “woefully inadequate” mitigation offer with the Prime Minister. Mr Cameron said the planned Localism Bill, designed to devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods, could help.
This is Somerset 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Germany’s upper house has approved Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to extend the use of nuclear power for about another 12 years, but opposition parties plan to appeal. The approval — the final legislative hurdle — grants the country’s 17 nuclear power plants an extra 12 years of life on average. Opposition parties said Friday they would file a court appeal against the new extension.
Bloomberg 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima, TVO, said the Areva-Siemens consortium had told it the much delayed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor will start operating in 2013. “Majority of the reactor construction work will be ready in 2012 and regular operations will commence in 2013,” TVO said in a statement on Friday. It added ramping up the nuclear reactor would take about eight months and the regular electricity production would start in the second half of 2013.
Reuters 26trh Nov 2010 more >>
A new law passed by French legislators will force nuclear power producer Electricit de France (EdF) to sell nearly a quarter of its output to other French power suppliers at a government-fixed price in order to promote competition.
World Nuclear News 26th Nov 2010 more >>
Earlier this year, someone tried destroying Iran’s nuclear programme using nothing more than a few lines of code typed out on a personal computer. It worked, too – but not well enough to end Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran’s nuclear scientists are smart: despite harsh international sanctions, set up to deny them access to key technologies, they’ve succeeded in enriching uranium to weapons grade. But it turns out they are also capable of great stupidity. Few institutions with security concerns will allow anyone carry a portable disk drive into their premises. Iran’s nuclear power plant at Bushehr did that – and a computer worm planted on the drive led hundreds of high-speed centrifuges to spin out of control.
Telegraph 26th Nov 2010 more >>
At the time, people called it the Third World War. Now though, we refer to the terrible events of late 2010 in a different way. We call this the First Nuclear War. It began on November 23, 2010, when North Korean artillery bombarded the small island of Yeonpyeong, which lies in the Yellow Sea, just south of the maritime border between the two Koreas.
Daily Mail 27th Nov 2010 more >>