To get you in the mood for the European Commission’s decision on the Hinkley Nuclear Subsidy Deal, here are some of our favourite articles and briefings from the past year or so.
Hinkley State Aid Investigation
European Commission launches investigation into Hinkley subsidies, nuClear News No.58 January 2014
European Commission State Aid investigation, nuClear News No.59, February 2014
The letter the EU Commissioner Almunia sent to UK on opening the state aid procedure. An official public consultation could start any time, most likely around mid February. European Commission 31st Jan 2014
From “No Public Subsidy” to “State Aid”, nuClear News No. 60, March 2013
A briefing on the joint submission to the European Commission by the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA), Cities for a Nuclear Free Europe (CNFE) and Stop Hinkley
Greenpeace Briefing on the European Commission decision on UK State Aid.
Energy Institute, University College London submission to European Competition Investigation
The World’s most expensive power station – a massive unjustified cost to consumers, nuClear News No. 60, March 2013
Hinkley – extremely bad value for consumers, nuClear News No.61, April 2014 A round up of some of the submissions to the EC State Aid investigation.
Hinkley Deal – just plain bonkers, nuClear News No.64, July 2014
Centralised utility model is dying, nuClear News No.66, September 2014 The current policy framework is propping up the large-scale, centralised utility business model, which is dying. The proposed £16 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could be obsolete with 10 to 20 years
Stop Hinkley Media Briefing 2nd September 2014
The future doesn’t have to be based on nuclear and fracking, nuClear News No.58 January 2014 Government plans are currently missing out on: 155TWh/year of electricity generated by offshore wind; ~40TWh/year by implementing a comprehensive domestic energy efficiency programme by 2030; 100TWh/year of electricity saved through other efficiency measures; 22 – 140TWh/yr of electricity from solar PV on domestic roofs; 30TWh/yr of electricity from solar PV on industrial and commercial roofs; 140-190TWh/yr from solar farms – just using land currently used for growing biofuels; 3TWh/yr from micro-hydro in Scotland. This compares with total electricity consumption of around 328TWh/yr and energy consumption around 1635TWh/yr and the 25TWh/year which might be produced by Hinkley Point C if it manages to operate at an unlikely 90% load factor.
Energy Revolution, nuClear News No.65, August 2014 Major cities could be the game-changer we’ve been waiting for by opening up the market and driving investment in low carbon energy, according to IPPR, the centre-left think tank
Time to join the local energy revolution, nuClear News No.66, September 2014
Where goes energy efficiency, nuClear News No.57 December 2013 UK electricity demand in 2010 was around 370TWh. McKinsey argues that an enormous 155TWh of electricity demand reduction is possible and 140TWh of that at negative cost. Government has no plans to save at least 100TWh of this; compared with Hinkley C which will produce 25TWh if it achieves a very high load factor.
National Insulation Association 26th November 2013: “There are still some 7m solid walls, 5m cavity walls and 7m lofts that lack effective insulation and tackling these as quickly as possible should be an absolute priority to help address the cost of living as well as reducing fuel poverty and [31,000] excess winter deaths.”
Number of energy efficiency installations collapses, nuClear News No.64, July 2014 Unison, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) have all released incredibly useful reports this past month which make the case for a much more ambitious energy efficiency programme.
European Energy Security – missed opportunities, nuClear News No.64, July 2014 The European Commission estimates that a 25% target would only cut EU gas imports by 9%; a 40% cut would reduce European gas dependency by an amount equal to current levels of Russian gas imports.
Ending Fuel Poverty, nuClear News No.66, September 2014
The Levy Control Framework
The Levy Control Framework, nuClear News No. 60, March 2013 The total pot of money available to fund subsidies to low carbon energy is limited
AGR Life Extensions: a gamble with safety to avoid blackouts? nuClear News No.63, June 2013
ESPOO & PLEX nuClear News No.64, July 2014 A decision by parties to an obscure Convention – known as the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in a Transboundary Context, or the Espoo Convention – has huge implications for Europe’s ageing nuclear reactors. All ageing nuclear power stations in Europe will now have to have an environmental impact assessment (EIA) before a licence renewal or the approval of a 10-year-periodic safety review.
Towards a Safer Cumbria: How government, regulators and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have neglected nuclear waste in Cumbria, Friends of the Earth, March 2013
Sellafield – rising costs and delays, nuClear News No.57 December 2013 KPMG say the £70bn project to decommission Sellafield is more than a decade behind schedule. Nine of the 11 biggest projects to make Sellafield safe, including building a storage facility for radioactive sludge, are £2bn over budget. Seven will complete late, with a combined delay of eleven and a half years.
Sellafield – poor progress, missed targets, escalating costs, slipping deadlines and weak leadership, nuClear News No.59, February 2014 Public Accounts Committee report – a demining critique of Nuclear Management Partners.
Sellafield fails again, nuClear News No.62, May 2014 Both reprocessing plants have again failed to meet their respective annual targets.
Nuclear waste liabilities drain taxpayers, nuClear News No.64, July 2014 The NDA has announced that its undiscounted nuclear waste liabilities have increased by £6.6bn to £110bn and warned that next year the total would “increase significantly” once it had fully assessed a new “performance plan” for the Sellafield site.
Plutonium – no clear strategy, nuClear News No.59, February 2014 The NDA has identified three “credible options”.
PRISM and Plutonium Updates nuClear News No.65, August 2014
Implementing Geological Disposal, nuclear News No.65, August 2014 The launch of a new White Paper opens up a whole new chapter in the UK’s 40-year long failed search for a solution to the problem of what to do with nuclear waste.
Radiation & Health
Leukaemia increases in young children near nuclear power stations, nuClear News No.65, August 2014 The Journal of Environmental Radioactivity said that over 60 epidemiological studies world-wide have examined cancer incidences in children near nuclear power plants (NPPs) and most of them have indicated leukemia increases.
The Bonkers Scenario
The Bonkers Scenario – volunteers for 4 nuclear dumps please? nuClear News No.58 January 2014 The Government’s high-nuclear scenario envisages 75GW of nuclear capacity in 2050 providing 86% of the UK’s electricity.
Thorium, uranium and “safe” reactors, nuClear News No.61 April 2014
Thorium, small and fast – a smorgasbord of reactors? nuClear News No.63, June 2013
New nukes – the bonkers scenario nuClear News No.64, July 2014 Neil Crumpton gave a presentation to Stop Hinkley supporters regarding the government’s long term plans of escalating new nuclear – up to 75 GW by 2050, including possibly 20 GW of fast breeder reactors.
Small reactors, nuClear News No.65, August 2014