In the energy sector, it is utilities that stand to be most affected. National Grid and SSE have both urged the Government to ensure Britain remains in the EU’s internal energy market (IEM), which enables smooth trading of electricity and gas between its members. Exclusion from the IEM could result in £500m a year of higher costs for UK consumers due to disruption to electricity trading and the potential cancellation of plans for new undersea power cables to the Continent.
Telegraph 2nd July 2016 read more »
Australia – radwaste
Mark Disendorf: Last month the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission recommended that the state government develop a business venture to store a large fraction of the world’s high- and intermediate-level nuclear power station wastes in South Australia. It proposes to do this by first building an interim above-ground store, to be followed by permanent underground repository. But the commission’s recommendation is based on several debatable assumptions, including: an economic analysis that purports to show huge profits with negligible commercial risk; the notion that social consent could be gained by “careful, considered and detailed technical work”; the argument that Australia, as a net exporter of energy, has an ethical responsibility to help other countries lower their carbon emissions by means of nuclear power. I have analysed critically these and other assumptions of the royal commission in a scholarly paper published in the international journal Energy Research and Social Science.
The Conversation 28th June 2016 read more »
Safety tests have taken place at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Western Region. The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation carried out a structural test and an integrated leak rate test over several weeks at the plant in Al Gharbia. The tests demonstrated the robustness of the structure and the plant’s ability to perform safely under normal and extraordinary circumstances, said Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive of Enec. “The commissioning phase of a nuclear energy plant is a critical step towards the first fuel load,” said Mr Al Hammadi. “Before loading the fuel it is essential that the plant is tested under the highest standards of safety, security and quality.” Other tests to verify that the reactor coolant system and other associated systems met the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation’s regulations were also successfully conducted.
The National (UAE) 2nd July 2016 read more »
Chinese representatives from the state-run National Nuclear Power Company (NNPC) were in Moldova in mid-May for talks aimed at identifying opportunities to boost “bilateral cooperation in the energy sector,” according to an official statement. Chinese and Moldovan officials agreed to complete a feasibility study on “launching new projects for producing electricity in Moldova” by the end of 2016. Officially, the NNPC wants to invest in “renewable energy, wind, solar, etc.” in Moldova, a country with about 3.6 million people. But the “etc.” is what matters.
Oil Price 1st July 2016 read more »
Antwain Nelson held various jobs in the construction field for several years, but the work never felt fulfilling. Then an opportunity to volunteer in low-income neighborhoods introduced him to his current job and, he says, a clear career path. “The first day, I fell in love with it,” says Nelson, 25, an installer of solar energy systems and a lifelong resident of Washington DC. The people he works with, he says, feel “like another family to me”. Nelson is one of thousands of new hires in the US solar industry, which has become the fastest growing sector in the energy business. Solar employment has more than doubled since 2010, reaching 209,000 employees by November 2015, according to The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit that offers research and educational programs to promote solar. The industry created about 35,000 of those jobs in 2015 alone.
Guardian 2nd July 2016 read more »
The Future of Carbon Capture and Storage – Energy & Climate Change Committee Report.
Parliament (accessed) 3rd July 2016 read more »