National Policy Statements
Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs ) have been slammed as “incoherent”, “amazingly complicated”, “badly written” and wide open to judicial review by a leading energy expert last week. Oxford University professor of energy policy Dieter Helm said the new system of NPSs that will inform the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) was too complex and a shake-up of the existing planning system would have been more effective. “The idea here is an extremely good and clear one that government will have an energy policy, but this is only as good as it is consistent, coherent, clear and deliverable,” Helm told the Energy and Climate Change Committee of MPs. Instead, the energy NPSs are “incoherent, badly written and some of the English is simply wrong”, he said.
New Civil Engineer 28th Jan 2010 more >>
Local campaign groups have given a damning verdict on Government engagement with local communities over its plans for new nuclear power stations and have called for a new round of consultations to take place. The groups, representing residents in ten of the communities earmarked by the Government as potential sites for new reactors, gave evidence to MPs from the Energy and Climate Change Committee earlier this week.
Jim Duffy, from campaign group Stop Hinkley, told MPs that the timing, advertising and location of the consultations had been unacceptable.
The Ecologist 29th Jan 2010 more >>
Letter from Albert Owen MP: My actions have influenced energy policy to include Wylfa and Anglesey at every important stage. This is a far cry from my predecessors who failed to advance the case for Wylfa B. It is therefore refreshing that Plaid Cymru and Conservative candidates now endorse these Labour policies, after, I repeat after, decisions have been taken. Readers will also know it was the Tories that aborted the nuclear programme in the 1990s and failed to address the problems with planning process. I understand why some Tories are uncomfortable with their own party’s position. David Cameron’s closest energy advisor Zac Goldsmith clearly states that if the party sticks to its existing policy it would never allow the building of a new nuclear power station. Well that rules out Wylfa B under the Tories.
Holyhead and Anglesey Mail 29th Jan 2010 more >>
Bishop Newcome has agreed to hold a ‘Nuclear Discussion Morning’ on 6th Feb at Carlisle Cathedral following over 150 letters of concern at the newly enthroned Bishop’s pro nuclear views. The letters were signed during a protest organised by Radiation Free Lakeland on the day of the Bishops enthronement.
Radiation Free Lakeland 29th Jan 2010 more >>
Councillors are likely to visit the site of a former opencast mine in west Cumbria before making a decision on controversial plans to turn it into a waste repository. Endecom UK wants to build a low-level radioactive waste dump at Keekle Head which is one mile from Pica and five from Whitehaven. Copeland’s planning panel will meet next week to discuss the application which has been submitted to Cumbria County Council. It is expected that the panel will agree to a joint site visit with county councillors.
Carlisle News and Star 29th Jan 2010 more >>
Atkins has hired the man who led the £42bn Sellafield decommissioning and major projects programme for British Nuclear Group – Tony Price.
New Civil Engineer 26th Jan 2010 more >>
Letter: The true reason for this 2.5GW line is to transmit nuclear power from Easter Ross to Denny. SSE has made no secret of its pretensions towards nuclear, and realised there would be an uproar if another nuclear power station was built in the central belt, the then governing Labour Party’s heartland. Nobody was going to listen to protests from a few Liberal Democrat-voting Highlanders. Of course, it was never in the script that the anti-nuclear SNP would form a government, but nevertheless, SSE seems to have pulled the wool over Messrs Salmond’s and Mather’s eyes.
Scotsman 29th Jan 2010 more >>
The European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy (Enela) has been launched. The academy aims to attract university graduates to the nuclear energy sector and to train future leaders in this field. The founding treaty establishing the academy has been signed by six nuclear energy-related companies: Areva, Axpo, EnBW, EOn Kernkraft, Urenco and Vattenfall. The partners also held their first shareholders meeting at the same time as signing the treaty, which covers the essential strategic, legal and financial aspects of the academy.
World Nuclear News 29th Jan 2010 more >>
NRG Energy Inc CEO David Crane said on Friday the company would not pursue construction of two nuclear reactors in Texas if the project loses a federal loan guarantee due to a dispute with partner CPS Energy. A Texas state judge on Friday ruled CPS may withdraw its financial support from the $10 billion project, but cannot expect to retain its 50 percent ownership stake, according to a court transcript.
Reuters 29th Jan 2010 more >>
President Obama is planning to increase spending on America’s nuclear weapons stockpile just days after pledging to try to rid the world of them. In his budget to be announced on Monday, Mr Obama has allocated £4.3billion to maintain the U.S. arsenal – £370million more than George Bush spent on nuclear weapons in his final year. The Obama administration also plans to spend a further £3.1billion over the next five years on nuclear security.
Daily Mail 29th Jan 2010 more >>
President Obama has called out for a new generation of nuclear power plants in the USA and incentives for clean energy technologies. In his State of the Union address to Congress on 27 January Obama said:“To create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.
Nuclear Engineering International 29th Jan 2010 more >>
Obama tasked a new commission to make proposals within two years on how to better manage used nuclear fuel and waste. He said nuclear energy was key to weaning the United States off its dependency on foreign fossil fuels.
Earth Times 29th Jan 2010 more >>
After the near-train wreck of last month’s Copenhagen climate summit, what lies ahead for efforts to beat back global warming? Next week may yield the first clues. Countries are being asked to say by Sunday whether they will endorse an 11th-hour deal, the “Copenhagen Accord,” which saved the marathon meeting from collapse but sparked accusations of failure and betrayal. By week’s end, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will have a picture of the response, its officials say. What emerges will be a litmus test of the Accord’s credibility and whether a comprehensive and binding climate pact can be reached by year’s end.
Independent 30th Jan 2010 more >>