THE company behind plans to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has admitted the £10billion project will be a mixed blessing for Taunton, saying planning has so far been focused on other areas, including West Somerset.
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Local impact on employment report.
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CAMPAIGNERS will urge First Minister Carwyn Jones to see sense and reverse his decision to support building new nuclear reactors in the country. Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg and PAWB (People Against Wylfa B) are to launch a postcard campaign opposing the First Minister’s pro-nuclear stance at the Urdd National Eisteddfod today. They argue there would be a ruinous impact on the language and the environment of supporting nuclear energy. Speaking ahead of the launch, Menna Machreth of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg said: We will be encouraging people to fill in one of the cards over the summer.
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The clean-up of radioactive particles from a seabed off Scotlands north coast could help Japan deal with its earthquake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant. Tiny particles ended up being discharged into the sea at Caithness from Dounreays liquid discharge pipe in the 1960s and 70s. The fragments contaminated local beaches and the seabed. Staff from the Scottish site have just travelled to Japan to offer advice on their clean-up effort. Phil Cartwright, senior manager in charge of contaminated land clean-up at Dounreay, said lessons learned in Scotland could help Japan deal with radioactive contamination.
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Higher water temperatures and reduced river flows in Europe and the United States in recent years have resulted in reduced production, or temporary shutdown, of several thermoelectric power plants, resulting in increased electricity prices and raising concerns about future energy security in a changing climate.
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Henri Proglio, EDFs chief executive, is not someone who bothers much with self-doubt. As speculation has swirled over whether he will be ousted from the French electricity and nuclear power group by the countrys new Socialist government, Mr Proglios only comment has been to insist that he is carrying on as if I were eternal. Just as the realities of office along with the poor performance of the Ecologist party in the election appear to have cooled Mr Hollandes ardour for closing down the countrys nuclear plants, some industry insiders believe Mr Proglio could also be spared. The need to boost exports also makes it unlikely that Mr Hollande will jeopardise EDFs expanding international business, including plans to build new nuclear power stations in the UK. A bigger concern for investors is EDFs soaring capital expenditure and making sure a UK deal is done on commercial terms.
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Nearly a third of Japan’s ruling party lawmakers are petitioning Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to be cautious about restarting nuclear reactors given safety concerns after last year’s earthquake and tsunami, an organiser said on Tuesday. Noda, keen to restart two reactors in western Japan before electricity demand peaks this summer, could decide as early as this week to reconnect them to the grid – despite the risk of a backlash that would weaken his already sagging voter ratings.
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Prominent University of Adelaide climate scientist Professor Barry Brook says its inevitable that Australia will embrace nuclear energy in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions. The director of climate science at the university believes that by the end of the century, Australia will need at least 100 gigawatts of electricity coming from nuclear to replace coal, oil and gas sources.
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A week after voicing concerns over Russian and Belarusian plans to build nuclear power plants by its border, Lithuania launched a regional nuclear safety watchdog Monday in line with a US effort. The announcement by Lithuania’s foreign ministry came at a time when the Baltic EU state is finalising a deal to build a nuclear power plant of its own by 2020 in conjunction with fellow ex-Soviet neighbours Latvia and Estonia. “With this centre, we hope to work better in the domains of nuclear safety, fighting smuggling and nuclear terrorism,” Lithuanian foreign affairs official Evaldas Ignatavicius told Lithuanian public radio on Monday.
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Iran has agreed to meet officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Friday for further talks about its nuclear activities.
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Letter Dr Julian Lewis: Although it was necessary during the cold war, Norman Dombey states (Letters, May 29), the British nuclear deterrent is no longer needed as the world has moved on, these last 50 years. He also thinks that the US could disable Russias nuclear arsenal with a 90 per cent chance of impunity, and implies that UK Trident missiles carry many more warheads than they actually do.
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Communities need to be “bribed” to accept more windfarms in the countryside, a Conservative MP has said. Tim Yeo, chair of the Commons energy and climate change select committee, said onshore windfarms needed to be encouraged, after it was revealed that the government wants to slash subsidies. “We do have to work harder to find places where wind turbines are acceptable and be more creative about sharing the benefits with locals,” Yeo said. “Frankly, we need to bribe them.” The Observer revealed on Sunday that the Treasury wants cuts of 25% in subsidies given to onshore turbines, a move critics derided as pandering to the 100 Conservative MPs who demanded cuts from David Cameron in February.
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Most Britons like wind power, but the minority who don’t exert a painful electoral grip on the Conservative party. The only solution is to ensure those who live with the turbines also profit from them.
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Surge in use of wind and solar power is providing secondary income for agriculture sector, in addition to rural tourism. More than a quarter of all farmers have not just green fields but “green” barns too, thanks to a surge in the use of solar panels and wind turbines. Renewable energy is promising to overtake rural tourism as a secondary income for the agricultural sector, with 200 megawatts of power enough for 40,000 households installed, according to joint research by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and NatWest bank. They found that one in six farmers will have solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in place by the middle of this year and one in five will be producing clean electricity by this date. If this trend continues, as much as 15% of all UK electricity from renewable sources come from the land by the end of this decade, they believe.
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SCOTLAND could top the UK’s investment league for renewable energy with an £8billion injection that will help create a total of almost 8000 green jobs. The table, compiled by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), currently puts Scotland second behind Yorkshire with confirmed announcements to date of £1.7bn, creating 4411 jobs. Yorkshire, said DECC, has so far attracted the greatest amount of investment in renewables £1.9bn, with another £1.8bn in the pipeline. However, DECC pointed out that in terms of investment value Scotland is about to see a huge injection of £8bn, adding another 3313 jobs to the 4411 people already employed in the industry north of the Border. Forthcoming projects include a plan by Spanish firm Gamesa to invest up to £122 million in developing a new offshore wind hub at Edinburgh’s Port of Leith. DECC said in the financial year to April, renewable energy firms unveiled plans to invest almost £7bn across the UK, supporting 20,848 jobs.
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