Taxpayers are to be liable for clean-up bills running into many billions of pounds as ministers quietly underwrite the insurance costs of the nuclear industry. Gordon Brown insisted recently that there would be no special subsidies to fund a new generation of power stations and that companies wishing to build them must bear the full costs of dealing with waste. A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed, however, that the nuclear industry will not be required to foot the bill to restore land polluted by a “nuclear occurrence”. Instead, under the terms of a proposed change to the law, Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, will become liable in the event of such an accident.
Times 28th Jan 2008 more >>
The Government’s nuclear energy policy is fundamentally flawed because it relies on the “fiction” that a new generation of reactors can be built without state support, according to a key government adviser. Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at New College, Oxford, who has helped to shape energy policy for the past decade, is about to publish a paper in which he will lambast the Government’s new push on nuclear power. He told The Times that no country had developed nuclear power stations in such a way and that he believed that the Government would be forced to rig the market to ensure that new nuclear stations were built.
Times 28th Jan 2008 more >>
Britain could face a shortage of electricity in five to seven years, causing problems for London’s hosting of the Olympic games in 2012, a report will say this week. Earlier this month, the Government announced it was prepared to approve applications to build new nuclear reactors, saying it would be 10 years before they came on stream. But Inenco, an energy consultancy firm, says that the number of nuclear and coal plants coming out of service during that period makes shortages likely.
Telegraph 28th Jan 2008 more >>
A kilowatt of coal power energy takes 1.6 litres of water (clean coal takes more), and nuclear energy 2.3 litres. As the global demand for goods spreads, so the demand for water will soar. And that is before factoring in the impact of climate change.
Guardian 28th Jan 2008 more >>
The head of French nuclear firm Areva said in a newspaper interview that French civil nuclear cooperation with India hinged on an international deal whose finalisation was still unclear.
Reuters 28th Jan 2008 more >>
India and France on Friday signed the framework of an accord paving the way for nuclear power cooperation once New Delhi is able to enter the global atomic energy market, French officials said.
AFX 27th Jan 2008 more >>
Plans for nuclear power stations in the Gulf face a lack of infrastructure that the region’s cash-rich states will take time to overcome, an expert at the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said on Sunday.
Reuters 27th Jan 2008 more >>
An Iranian official said that the Islamic republic has increased its production to more than 300 tons of a gas used for uranium enrichment, a semi-official news agency reported.
Channel 4 News 27th Jan 2008 more >>