Nuclear vs Renewables
Governments are still spending billions on nuclear research, but it looks like being an unhappy new year for the industry as it continues to shrink while renewables grow. With nuclear power falling ever further behind renewables as a global energy source, and as the price of oil and gas falls, the future of the industry in 2015 and beyond looks bleak. Renewables now supply 22% of global electricity and nuclear only 11% − a share that is gradually falling as old plants close and fewer new ones are commissioned. New large-scale installations of wind and solar power arrays continue to surge across the world. Countries without full grids and power outages, such as India, increasingly find that wind and solar are quick and easy ways to bring electricity to people who have previously had no supply. Nuclear enthusiasts − and there are still many in the political and scientific world − continue to work on fast breeder reactors, fusion and thorium reactors, heavily supported by governments who still believe that one day the technology will be the source of cheap and unlimited power. But, so far, that remains a distant dream. In the meantime, investors are increasingly sceptical about putting their money into nuclear − whereas renewables promise an increasingly rapid return on investment, and may get a further boost if the governments of the world finally take climate change seriously.
Climate News Network 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Ecologist 30th Dec 2014 read more »
A REGENERATION project in Porlock has secured funding from West Somerset Council to build a website to raise awareness, despite the initial bid being rejected. The Porlock Bay Shellfish Project is a trial scheme to see if it is possible for shellfish to be grown in Porlock Bay near Porlock Weir. The scheme will receive £800 to put towards building a website that will promote the project. The money is from the Community Impact Mitigation fund (CIM) given to West Somerset Council by EDF Energy which is to be made available to communities that will be most affected by work on Hinkley C.
Somerset County Gazette 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Residents can find out about the latest on Bradwell power station at a public meeting. Magnox will be holding an informal meeting to let everyone know how the decommissioning process is going. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 20, at Bradwell village hall in South Street. Refreshments will be available from 6pm and the meeting will start at 6.30pm. Site director Scott Raish will update everyone on the site’s activities, achievements and future plans. Questions relating to the site’s decommissioning activities are invited.
Maldon Standard 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Consumers who feel ripped off by energy firms, high-street stores and mobile phone companies would be able to direct their complaints at a single, all-powerful watchdog – rather than battle with as many as 17 different ombudsmen as they do now – under a manifesto pledge by the Co-operative Party. The Co-operative manifesto will also call for the creation of a legal framework to support the next generation of price comparison sites, which will give greater power to consumers to collectively bargain for lower or, in some cases, more ethical or environmentally friendly deals. The Co-op Party will launch its own distinctive wish list, including a credit union aimed at military families, increased membership of mutuals generally, and allowing community energy projects to directly supply electricity to homes for the first time.
Independent 28th Dec 2014 read more »
Plumes of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have been detected off the coast of Canada. There have long been concerns that water laced with the radioactive materials cesium-137 and cesium-134 from the plant would make the 5,000 mile trip across the Pacific Ocean. Radiation in the atmosphere reached the West Coast within days of the Fukushima incident, and though it has taken much longer for it to make its way here by sea, a study out Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that it has arrived. The study found that the Fukushima radiation first reached a location 1,500 kilometers west of British Columbia in 2012. By 2014, the levels of celsium-137 had spread to the Canadian continental shelf. The amount is projected to double on North American shores by 2016 before falling back to below today’s levels by 2021. Fortunately, between the long journey across the sea and ocean currents that have swirled and stirred the radioactive cesium along the way, the levels are not dangerously high.
CBS News 30th Dec 2014 read more »
NUCLEAR power needs to be looked at as part of a debate about Ireland’s future energy needs, Minister Alex White has said. The Energy Minister believes that the nuclear option must be explored as one way of reducing our reliance on imported oil and gas. “I have the view that if you’re having a serious debate about energy, you cannot exclude nuclear,” Mr White told the Irish Independent. His comments are likely to prove controversial. Substantial health fears still surround nuclear power and its use for the generation of electricity is illegal in Ireland.
Irish Independent 31st Dec 2014 read more »
A radioactive leak has been detected at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, a media report says, citing the country’s emergency services. Ukrainian officials have denied the report. LifeNews published what it claims is a leaked report by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, which denies an earlier assessment by the plant’s authorities that the radiation at the facility is equal to the natural background following an incident on Sunday.
Russia Today 31st Dec 2014 read more »
Ukrainian authorities have denied a report in pro-Kremlin media that a radioactive leak had taken place at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, Europe’s largest.
Irish Independent 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Ukraine on Tuesday sealed an additional nuclear fuel supply deal with US giant Westinghouse in order to ease its energy dependence on Russia. Westinghouse Electric Company said it signed a deal in Brussels with Ukraine’s Energoatom state nuclear power provider “to significantly increase fuel deliveries to Ukrainian nuclear power plants through 2020.”
EU Business 30th Dec 2014 read more »
Iran and six world powers are set to resume low-level talks on Iran’s nuclear programme in Geneva on Jan 15, with wide gaps remaining in their positions, the Iranian foreign minister said.
Reuters 30th Dec 2014 read more »
A South Korean company was hit by what authorities described as a low risk computer worm. The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co was hit by a hack earlier this month and data stolen from its system. But the South Korea energy ministry said today that the control systems for three nuclear reactors were unaffected by the hack, according to a Reuters report.
Channel Eye 30th Dec 2014 read more »
North devon MP Nick Harvey is helping campaign to support nuclear test veterans.
North Devon Journal 30th Dec 2014 read more »