Anti-nuclear campaign group Boycott EDF targeted the UK headquarters of EDF Energy in central London this Friday at lunchtime as part of the national days of action called by the Climate Justice Collectives Fuel Poverty Action campaign.
Indymedia 28th Jan 2012 more >>
There was a sting in the tail for the operators of Torness Nuclear Power Station near Dunbar when industry watchdogs highlighted that an invasion of jellyfish posed a challenge to station systems related to safety. The Office for Nuclear Regulation, in its quarterly report for the site, requested further information from EDF Energy about the obstruction of the main cooling water drum screens by the sea creatures which led to the manual shutdown of both reactions last June. The report stated that the station took appropriate action to shut down the reactors and confirmed that the requirements of the operating rules were met throughout the event. The ONR raised potential areas for improvement.
East Lothian News 29th Jan 2012 more >>
In 2010, the Energy Department set up a commission to figure out what to do with the countrys nuclear waste, after a planned repository at Nevadas Yucca Mountain was nixed. This week, the commission came back and advised a consent-based approach to choosing a new site. How would this work? One option is to look at what countries like Sweden have done. Back in the 1980s, the Swedish government drew up a long list of locations that could potentially host a waste repository. Each town was given a chance to veto, and, after two decades and countless hours of local consultation, Sweden had two finalists, towns that actually competed with each other for the chance to host the site and reap the economic benefits. (One was finally picked in 2009.) Both towns, not surprisingly, already had nuclear plants in the area, and polls showed support running as high as 83 percent.
Washington Post 28th Jan 2012 more >>
A UN nuclear team arrived in Tehran early on Sunday for a mission expected to focus on Iran’s alleged attempt to develop nuclear weapons. The UN nuclear agency delegation includes two senior weapons experts Jacques Baute of France and Neville Whiting of South Africa suggesting that Iran may be prepared to address some issues related to the allegations.
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Iran’s top nuclear negotiator will write to the European Union “soon” to discuss a date and venue for fresh talks on Tehran’s atomic programme, the official IRNA news agency said Sunday.
EU Business 29th Jan 2012 more >>
Nuclear submarines will stay in Scotland in the short-term, even if the country declares independence, Ministry of Defence sources suggest. Plymouth could still be home to the UK’s nuclear deterrent and submarine fleet if a referendum sees the United Kingdom split. The Scottish National Party has already said Trident nuclear missiles would be removed from the Clyde under independence. MoD insiders believe that, after an independence vote, ministers in London would be forced to strike a deal with Scottish leaders allowing the Navy to go on using Coulport, where missiles and warheads are stored, and Faslane, where the subs are based, until an alternative was ready.
Western Morning News 28th Jan 2012 more >>
Almost a third of managers charged with improving the energy efficiency of UK companies claim their bosses don’t take the issue seriously, says a report by Siemens. The survey of 600 UK businesses also showed more than a quarter of directors didn’t even know how much their companies spend on energy. Juergen Maier, MD for the Siemens Industry Sector in the UK and Ireland, said the results “give cause for concern”. He added: “Many businesses are neglecting the impact that effective energy management can have on the bottom line.”
Independent on Sunday 29th Jan 2012 more >>
British Gas is to pay Thames Water to promote free insulation to its customers, ahead of the December deadline for energy companies to meet government carbon emissions reductions targets (CERT).
Telegraph 28th Jan 2012 more >>
The reactions rained down within minutes of the High Court ruling. This is an almighty kick in the teeth for the government, said David Hunt, chief executive of Eco Environments, a firm that installs solar panels. Caroline Lucas, the Green MP, urged Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, to admit you got it wrong … and pull the plug on this legal merry-go-round. The outpouring was over the latest chapter in a saga the government set in motion last year when it cut in half the subsidies it offered for solar panels in homes and businesses. The industry sued. Last week, the High Court upheld an earlier ruling that found the cuts were illegal. The Department of Energy and Climate Change pledged last week to appeal against the decision. Despite the triumphalism of Westminsters adversaries, it was a small victory. Across Europe, cash-strapped governments have come to the same conclusion: we cant afford to prop up renewable technology.
Sunday Times 29th Jan 2012 more >>
THE UK government’s review of feed in tariff (FIT) energy payments is estimated to have stalled £100 million of hydropower investment in Scotland. The British Hydro Association claims dozens of small and medium-scale developments have been halted and left in limbo since the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced a review of the FIT process last year. While changes to payments for solar schemes have already been announced, no date has been set for a consultation into the hydro sector where Scotland is thought to hold up to 90% of the UK’s resource. At the moment, hydro projects can get up to 21p per kilowatt hour generated through the FIT scheme. David Williams, chief executive of the British Hydro Association, said: “If the tariff isn’t too badly affected then hopefully these schemes which have been stopped will go ahead.
Herald 27th Jan 2012 more >>