OPPONENTS of Sizewell C claim that vital technical information on the proposed nuclear reactors is being withheld by the UK safety watchdog on the grounds of commercial confidentiality. John Large, an independent, London-based consulting engineer, has filed a series of Freedom of Information requests to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) seeking reports about the design of the twin reactors which will be at the heart of the new power station. However, he claims his efforts to check the safety of the design are being thwarted.
Eastern Daily Press 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
Lowestoft Journal 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
Where will Blair hide his nuclear tax bombshell? 2006 Lib Dem report resurfaces after being removed from the Lib Dem website. Written by Ed Davey and David Howarth: Liberal Democrats support[ed] an alternative low carbon, non-nuclear energy policy. As the Government’s own Energy Review 2003 showed, this is more affordable and practical.
Nuclear Pledge 2nd November 2012 more >>
Ironically, those who are keenest on gas and nuclear tend to also promote the argument that governments should not seek to "pick winners" in energy policy. According to this world view, technology choices should be left to the market – and the key to tackling climate change is sole, or very strong, reliance on a carbon price set by either taxation or an emissions trading scheme. Such views are gaining traction in debates on the UK energy bill and EU renewable energy targets. WWF says government has a choice. It can listen to the siren voices who speak the language of economic efficiency but who are really more interested in shoring up the future market for gas. Or it can provide stable policies to bring forward investment in renewables and energy efficiency.
Guardian 30th Oct 2012 more >>
Repairs for the European Union’s 134 nuclear reactors could cost 25 billion euros. China needs to spend 80 billion Yuan to upgrade its nuclear facilities to meet international standards. In the UK, French nuclear giant EdF are threatening to back out of building new reactors in the country unless it receives “further reassurances from the government on what assistance the company will receive”. This can only mean one thing: Our feckless, mooching “friend” nuclear power is back once again. We better open our wallets – our friend needs lots more of your money but he can’t promise when, if ever, we’ll get it back.
Greenpeace 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
A group has been set up to fight what it fears is a plan to build a nuclear waste dump on the Solway Plain. Solway Plain Against Nuclear Dump (Spand) was formed after more than 50 people attended an Allerdale council meeting seeking answers about the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely project. It is holding public meetings and drop-in sessions to raise public awareness and has launched a petition against the dump.
Times & Star 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
THE GOVERNMENT is being called on to object to plans to build a nuclear plant that’s closer to Dublin than the controversial Sellafield site.Engineering giant Hitachi is in the process of buying Horizon Nuclear Power, which has rights to build reactors at Wylfa on Anglesey, North Wales. The site is only 118km from Dublin, compared to Sellafield’s 217km. Hitachi is also lining up a bid for Oldbury in Gloucestershire from the German firms E.ON and RWE npower. Hitachi intends to build between two and three nuclear plants at each site. Cllr Malcolm Noonan, the Green Party’s spokesperson on the environment, said the State should "become more proactive in objecting".
Irish Herald 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
UNEMPLOYED people living in South Ward should consider taking a role at the Hinkley Point C power plant, according to a councillor for the area. North Somerset councillor for South Ward Ian Parker said the new plant could have thousands of people working at the site at its peak, including unskilled workers. Weston Jobcentre now has a ‘Hinkley Point champion’ responsible for recruiting those interested in working at the plant in Somerset.
Weston Mercury 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
Letter: While time will tell who has made the right punt on our energy future, we should consider that the new nuclear plants to the south will still be generating continuous, copious, carbon-free energy towards the end of the 21st century, when they reach the end of their 60-year design life. In Scotland, where nuclear energy is strictly prohibited, we will need to think about re-powering our wind farms in the not too distant future, when they reach the end of their 20- year design life.
Herald 3rd Nov 2012 more >>
John Hayes comment that he does not take any notice of ‘bourgeois left wing academics’ (surely not referring to people like me!) may be a superficial, amusing quip, but it obscures a deeper truth – that the Conservative Party has effectively abandoned the green agenda. Although David Cameron appeared to contain Hayes’ anti windfarm comments Cameron in fact said that the issue of capping windfarm development would be reviewed when the windfarm deployment targets are met. In other words a windfarm deployment cap is still very firmly on the Tory agenda. Despite Greg Barker’s attempts at greenwash pr, he has presided over a massive cut in support for energy efficiency compared to the programme established by Labour.
Dave Toke’s Green Energy Blog 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
Fukushima Crisis Update 30th October to 1st November 2012
Greenpeace 2nd November 2012 more >>
A Finnish nuclear project is on the brink of complete collapse after EON AG (PINK: EONGY) announced it may pull out. This would create another obstacle in the government’s plan for increased energy independence. EON is trying to sell its 34 percent stake in Finland’s Fennovoima Oy project by the first quarter of next year, preferring to focus on Sweden and Denmark instead.
Energy & Capital 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
SWANSEA Bay could become home to a pioneering power generating tidal wall within five years. Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay is hoping to receive consent for its scheme from the secretary of state for energy by the end of 2014.The tidal lagoon would have a lifetime of around 100 years and create a 250 megawatt tidal power plant capable of generating 16 hours a day using ebb and flow tides.
South Wales Evening Post 1st Nov 2012 more >>
Malcolm Wilkinson, chair of the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ sustainability group, told BBC News that while the petrol-from-air idea has brought energy storage to a wider audience, it could hamper wider efforts "if it starts to attract an unreasonable sort of funding to pursue it". "I don’t know of anybody who’s sat down and looked at the potential range [of energy storage ideas] and tried to assess their practicality and sustainability in terms of the total life cycle of the technology," he said.
BBC 1st Nov 2012 more >>
Germany has a virtually identical climate change commitment, of 80 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 than today. But in contrast the Berlin government equivalent is postulating a 25 per cent reduction in electricity consumption, together with a 53 per cent overall reduction in primary energy use (3,942 to 1,950 TWh). On most of the scenarios within the UK’s Pathways exercise, the UK’s per capita 2050 energy consumption is due to become 20 per cent (23.7 as opposed to 19.7 MWh) bigger than in Germany – in some scenarios, the gap will be far larger. The difference in consumption levels between what the UK Chief Scientist is projecting for us, and where the German government thinks electricity demand can be, is simply explained. The German policy was created after analysis of the cost optimal approach, an exercise we in the UK have yet to undertake seriously. The German government emphasises that cutting out waste is far more cost-efficient than building new power stations, large or small. As it happens, no new nuclear plants have been built in Germany for 25 years – just as here. But whereas our government projects a family of up to ten new nuclear fission plants, nobody in Germany plans to build any.
Business Green 2nd Nov 2012 more >>
Micro Power News: London’s first mini-hydro; Barker wants 22GW of solar; Duchy of Cornwall backs Anaerobic Digesters; Greater Manchester Bulk Buy Co-op; growing number of community co-ops,
Microgenscotland 2nd November 2012 more >>