Letter from Steuart Campbell: IN answer to William Oxenham (Letters, 26 June), in fact it has been proposed that nuclear energy be designated a renewable energy source. Not only does it produce no greenhouse gases during generation and very little over the full cycle, but its fuel is 97 per cent reusable via reprocessing. As to whether or not the cost of building nuclear stations has risen to a prohibitive level, those who believe that it has should ask themselves why several companies plan to build stations in the UK without subsidy. Clearly, these companies do not believe this will be an uneconomic development. Sceptics should beware of trusting a US legal pressure group to have a clear view of costs in the UK, or anywhere.
Scotsman 4th July 2009 more >>
There is no room for new nuclear plants in Scotland’s future energy scene – but existing nuclear plants will need life extensions to allow other generation options to catch up, according to a report by a Scottish parliamentary committee.
World Nuclear News 3rd July 2009 more >>
You may have seen the posters and newspaper ads (including in the Guardian) featuring a green union flag. All very patriotic; even though they are being put up by a French-owned energy company, EDF. But, jingoism aside, it’s the green bit that worries me. Sacr vert, as they might say. The green-flag posters advertise something called Green Britain Day, which is set for 10 July. EDF, along with the London Olympics and the Eden Project, wants it to be a “focal point for people to take action towards a more sustainable lifestyle”.
Guardian 2nd July 2009 more >>
Thousands of construction jobs could be created in Britain thanks to EDF Energy’s intention of investing in new nuclear power stations.
Career Structure 3rd July 2009 more >>
A community action group set up to deal with the impact of the potential closure of Anglesey Aluminium has met for the first time. There could be 300 more redundancies if a contract for cheap electricity from Wylfa power station ends in September. The company has said the end of the 10-year contract will make its smelting operation too expensive.
BBC 3rd July 2009 more >>
Daily Post 3rd July 2009 more >>
News Wales 30th June 2009 more >>
THE future for the workforce at Vulcan has become less secure now that it looks certain the Ministry of Defence will not be extending its current contract at its reactor base in Caithness. Barring new commercial work being found, the site is set to go into decommissioning mode in five years’ time. Such an outcome would add a fresh headache to the public agencies currently battling to replace the 2000-plus jobs which are to go at the next-door site at Dounreay.
John O Groat Journal 3rd July 2009 more >>
A “green revolution” that should create 400,000 jobs is to be launched by ministers later this month in the most ambitious ever bid to transform the British economy, industry and sources of energy. Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will unveil a White Paper that will spell out how emissions will be cut by at least 34 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020 and a ‘Renewable Energy Strategy’ to increase its use to 15 per cent of Britain’s total energy supplies by the same date. The strategy will also disclose detailed plans for introducing “feed in tariffs” where householders and business who install renewable energy will be able to sell surplus electricity on favourable terms to the grid, a measure that has stimulated a rapid increase in the use of solar power in Germany and other countries. Ministers expect the expansion of renewables alone to create 160,000 new green jobs, and even more are expected to result from measures to save energy, such as through better insulation of buildings.
Telegraph 4th July 2009 more >>
French state-owned utility EdF has started reconnecting a number of nuclear reactors after strike action delayed plant restarts. EdF’s 1,300MW unit 1 at the Cattenom power plant is being reconnected to the grid, a spokesman said. “It will not happen this weekend but the reactor will be reconnected over the coming days,” he said. Cattenom employees took part in nationwide strike action in June, which delayed the restart of some EdF nuclear reactors and caused July power prices to rise sharply. The 1,300MW Paluel unit 4 restarted on 1 July after it tripped last weekend. The 900MW units 2 at Saint-Laurent and 3 at Gravelines nuclear plants also came on line over the past days. The Saint-Laurent reactor had been off line since 30 May due to maintenance work on the reactor’s refuelling system. More than 20GW of EdF’s nuclear power fleet remains unavailable, with as many as 20 reactors off line for maintenance.
Argus Media 3rd July 2009 more >>
North Korea may be about to carry out another nuclear test, the British ambassador in Pyongyang has said.
ITN 3rd July 2009 more >>
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is looking to commence construction of Hainan nuclear power plant by the end of 2009, China Daily reported. The Hainan which project is situated in the Changjiang county is designed to have two 650 MW reactors. The power plant will use second-generation nuclear technology. CNNC also expects to commence construction of the second phase of Tianwan nuclear power project by 2010.
Energy Business Review 2nd July 2009 more >>
A union boss will today call on Gordon Brown to scrap Britain’s nuclear weapons. Dave Prentis reckons Trident missiles are a “criminal waste of money”. He will tell Unison’s annual meeting that scrapping them will save billions of pounds. Replacing Trident could cost £25billion, with running costs of £1billion a year.
Daily Mirror 3rd July 2009 more >>