French power company Electricite de France SA, or EDF, (EDF.FR), Friday decided to delay the construction of four planned nuclear reactors in the U.K., a company spokeswoman said, confirming a report from Les Echos newspaper. EDF is taking time to evaluate the consequences of delays at a reactor under construction in Flamanville, northern France and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, the spokeswoman said. EDF will release a new calendar for the project during the fall, she said. Les Echos said the company is evaluating whether conditions for the EUR20 billion investment are met in the U.K. EDF was planning to start building the first of the planned nuclear rectors in 2013, the newspaper said
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The head of EDF Energy said that, although significant progress has been made, it is too early to say when construction of its new UK reactors is likely to start. Meanwhile, Horizon has completed the purchase of land next to the existing Wylfa plant.
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The first of the UK’s new nuclear power stations looks set to be complete by 2019 at the earliest, analysts forecast, after developer EDF Energy said it expects to take its final investment decision at the end of next year. “They [EDF] would be looking at a minimum five-year build time, but in reality, even with all being well, six years is more realistic,” one utilities analyst said on Friday. EDF had originally expected a start date of 2018 for its 3.2GW Hinkley Point C plant, but following the Japanese nuclear disaster in March, this was delayed. The likely date for the final investment decision was revealed by EDF Energy chief executive Vincent De Rivaz as he addressed the Nuclear Development Forum on Thursday. He said the decision was dependent on three elements being in place: Transitional arrangements for the introduction of Contracts for Difference – one of the main components of the government electricity market reform package – are in place; Arrangements for the funded decommissioning plan are set; The company having “a high level of confidence” in the cost and timetable for construction. “Beyond the final investment decision there will be the question of when we can start main construction, and beyond that, of when we can expect to complete construction,” de Rivaz said. But he stopped short of giving an anticipated completion date.
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EDF is expected to submit its application for a new-build nuclear power station to the UK Infrastructure Planning Commission next week. According to a statement by Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater in West Somerset, the home of the proposed Hinkley Point facility, the planning application is imminent’
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EDF Energy has confirmed it will start site preparation works at Hinkley Point C in the Spring and has also completed the sale of land at Wylfa to the Horizon nuclear consortium for a proposed new reactor.
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Draft West Cumbria Managaing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership Consultation Document available. This will be discussed at the Partnership meeting on 3rd November before the consultation is officially launched.
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Greenpeace today presented a map allowing citizens in every European country to see how nuclear plants fared under stress tests. After the Fukushima disaster in Japan, Brussels told all nuclear power plant operators to carry out tests, hand over and publish the results by 31 October. They are meant to see whether plants can stand up to extreme scenarios, including earthquakes, floods, loss of power and cooling. To date, several regulators had failed to disclose the results to the public, despite being urged to do so by European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group, the group that designed the tests. Early Greenpeace analysis of the 10,000 or so published report pages revealed missing results. Multiple-reactor failure that struck at Fukushima was supposed to be examined, but is missing from results. The threat of airplane crashes were also a promised part of tests, but are largely ignored.
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Greenpeace on Friday slammed “alarming gaps” in EU-wide safety checks on nuclear plants, notably for failing to address “the unthinkable” after Fukushima. Seeking to ease public concerns following the March earthquake and tsunami that triggered Japan’s nuclear crisis, the European Commission and national atomic operators struck a deal to launch stress tests on the European Union’s 143 reactors in June. But environmental watchdog Greenpeace said in a statement that early analysis of reports issued so far “reveals alarming gaps in results.”
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A team of nuclear security experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has visited the UK to assess civil nuclear security arrangements. This follows a commitment made in advance of President Obamas Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission assessed the UKs laws and regulations around nuclear material and nuclear facilities. The Mission Team also assessed compliance with the International Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and the IAEAs guidelines on nuclear security. The Mission Team visited the Sellafield civil nuclear site and Barrow port, which is used for the transport of civil nuclear material, to see first-hand how these measures are implemented in practice. The IAEA concluded the state of civil nuclear security is sufficiently robust. This is both in the context of the legal and regulatory framework and how this is implemented at the Sellafield site and the Barrow port.
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German utilities RWE AG (RWE.XE) and E.ON AG (EOAN.XE) completed the GBP200 million purchase of land for a new nuclear station at Wylfa in Wales, an RWE spokeswoman said in an email Friday.
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Public Consultation on Dismantling. Documents available.
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The Ministry of Defence has revealed it wants to dismantle nuclear submarines stored at Devonport in Plymouth and Rosyth in Fife at both sites.
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REDUNDANT nuclear submarines could be broken up at a Westcountry dockyard amid claims its major job boost will pose huge risks to public safety. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) today begins a 16-week consultation examining options for dismantling decommissioned nuclear-powered vessels.
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A sixteen week public consultation by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on options for dismantling submarines that have left service with the Royal Navy has started. The consultation aims to seek the views of the public on disposal of the Navy’s redundant nuclear submarines, which are contaminated with radioactive waste.
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Nuclear Submarine Forum (NSubF) – Briefing on the Ministry of Defence Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP)
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have released twice as much radiation into the atmosphere as previously estimated, according to a study that contradicts official explanations of the accident. In a report published online by the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics experts from Europe and the US estimated that the quantity of the radioactive isotope caesium-137 released at the height of the crisis was equivalent to 42% of that from Chernobyl.
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A government panel on Friday said that decommissioning the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is likely to take 30 years or more, local media reported. We set a goal to start taking out the (core) debris within a 10-year period, the panel under the Japan Atomic Energy Commission said in a draft, according to Kyodo News. It is estimated that it would take 30 years or more to finish decommissioning.
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Why is Japan not tapping into its vast potential for geothermal energy capabilities? And will the nation finally start to wake up to the possibility of tapping into such resources in the wake of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis? Geothermal power currently accounts for less than 1 per cent of Japan’s energy output despite the fact that it is located above the worlds third largest reserve of geothermal resources (after the United States and Indonesia). The Japanese government has long imported its oil, goal and gas from overseas while investment in nuclear energy has been high since the 1970s oil crisis. As a result, at the time of the March 11 disaster, nuclear power accounted for 30 per cent of the nations electrical supplies, with plans to expand this to 50 per cent by 2050. A panel of government ministers are believed to be exploring whether to ease rules surrounding renewable energy plant construction in Japan including the relaxation of regulations surrounding the drilling of geothermal resources at protected national parks, according to the Nikkei.
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Yesterday close to two hundred women from Fukushima began a three-day sit-in outside the Tokyo office of Japans Ministry of Economy calling for the evacuation of children from areas with high radiation levels and the permanent shut down of nuclear reactors in Japan currently switched off. Their peaceful protest is a powerful – almost radical act in a country where standing up for something can often mean ostracism from ones community. These are not women who regularly participate in civil protest. These are mothers who fear for their childrens safety and future. These are grandmothers separated from their families. The fact that they have put their own lives and families on hold for these three days reflects the harrowing situation these women and their families have found themselves in since the nuclear disaster.
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Pakistan has conducted a test flight of a multi-tube cruise missile, which is capable of delivering nuclear warheads. In a statement the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations organisation described the Hatf-VII (Babur) cruise missile as a terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability, stealth capabilities at low altitudes, and one that can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin-point accuracy.
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The offshore wind industry will today take a major step forward with the announcement of a raft of new seabed lease agreements from the Crown Estate that could support up to 5GW of new capacity. Together with planned Round 3 zones off the Scottish coast, the total awarded offshore wind capacity in Scottish waters is now nearly 10GW.
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Solar subsidies will be dramatically cut by more than half, according to government documents that were prematurely published online and quickly taken down. The cut will almost double the payback period for householders, the document revealed, meaning someone installing £10-12,000 solar panels will only be in credit after 18 years rather than the current 10.
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EST Briefing Document.
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If the changes to feed-in tariffs (Fits) inadvertently published by the Energy Saving Trust today turn out to be correct, there will be two obvious questions for homeowners hoping to install solar. First, what will the cuts mean in financial terms? Second, will it be possible to install solar before the cuts kick in? Community schemes will be asking a third question, too: will they be offered any protection from the cuts?
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Homeowners who decide to save money by generating their own renewable energy for the National Grid are to lose almost half their Government subsidy, prematurely published documents suggested yesterday. Drastic cuts to the feed-in tariff (FIT) for solar power, the guaranteed income to anyone who installs working solar panels in their roof, are likely to be announced by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne, on Monday. And the precise level of the cut from 43.3p per kilowatt hour of solar electricity to just 21p appeared to be made clear yesterday in a document inadvertently published on the website of the Energy Saving Trust, the public advice body, and quickly taken down. Although the Department for Energy and Climate Change said later that the published document was “neither final nor accurate”, the swingeing 50 per cent cut in the subsidy it revealed was in linewith what observers have been expecting.
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The planned reduction to so-called feed-in tariff would almost double the time taken for households to make their money back on investments from about ten years to 18 years, meaning that domestic solar power is likely to become the preserve of wealthy homeowners, with spare cash to invest.
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You could not make it up. In a development that reads like a plot from The Thick of It, the Energy Saving Trust inadvertently published a fact sheet on its web site this morning providing details of the government’s imminent cuts to solar feed-in tariff incentives and apparently confirming that they will, as widely expected, be halved to 21p per kWh. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) then rushed out a statement insisting that the document was “neither final nor accurate”, but declined to let anyone know what was inaccurate about it, leaving the 25,000 people who work in the solar industry facing a truly depressing weekend as they wait for Monday’s promised parliamentary announcement. The shambolic events follow a fortnight of leaks and rumours that offer an exemplary case study in media management at its worst. I am no conspiracy theorist, but the manner in which reports found their way into the press suggesting that that feed-in tariff rates could be cut to just 9p per kWh, only to be followed by an off-record briefing to the Financial Times suggesting that the rate would in fact be around 20p per kWh looks like a classic softening up exercise dreamed up by some real life Malcolm Tucker in Whitehall. The plan appears to have been to try to convince people that a rate of around 20p is in fact a good deal on the ground that it could have been a lot worse. The FT fell for it, running a story about an imminent halving of support that will eviscerate a fast-expanding industry under a headline suggesting that the move was a “boost” to the sector. It is impossible not to have a huge amount of sympathy for the solar companies which now face an extremely uncertain future.
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Homeowners hoping to save money by leasing their roofs to host solar panels could struggle to sell their houses, surveyors have warned.
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Up to 2,500 turbines have been refused planning permission in recent years because the wind turbines in motion can mimic the spinning blades of jets, causing havoc on an air traffic controllers radar screen. Both air defence and passenger jets are effected. However a new technology solves this problem by using a more sensitive radar that can tell the difference between wind turbines and aeroplanes. The data is fed back to air traffic control ensuring the correct information is known about the area where there are wind farms.
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All the news about solar cuts and this week’s other Micro Power developments.
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