Nuclear power is the only industry that can help Britain meet its environmental commitments – and economic needs. That is the view of the man in charge of the trade body, the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), who also thinks the next Government is likely to support it, whichever party emerges as the winner. Tom Greatrex is the NIA’s chief executive. He is a former Labour MP, who stood down at the 2015 election and was the party’s energy spokesman. Its membership is made up of more than 260 different organisations, including some of the best-known names in Cumbria, like Sellafield, Carrs Engineering, James Fisher Nuclear and NuGen. He pointed out that the Government has nuclear power as a key part of its industrial strategy.
In Cumbria 5th June 2017 read more »
Summer Sun shines on Scotland’s solar power generation, but GMB warns ‘reliable baseload’ is still needed for rainy days. Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes, according to data provided by Weather Energy. It also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV panels had enough sunshine to generate more than 100% of the electricity needs of an average household. Wind turbines provided 863.5 gigawatts (GW) of electricity to the National Grid during May, an increase of almost 20% compared to May 2016 when wind energy provided 692.9GW. Overall the data showed that wind generated enough output to supply 100% or more of Scottish homes on 11 of the 31 days in May. Homes with solar power panels generated more than 100% of average household electricity needs in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The sunniest place was Lerwick on the Shetland Islands, which generated 114% of an average household electricity demand, followed closely by Dundee with 112%. In contrast, there were nearly four months when solar power supplied less than 10% of installed capacity to the UK grid, according to the GMB trade union. GMB Congress in Plymouth was told that in the year from 1 June 2016 every 1 in 3 days has been a low solar day when solar produced 10% or less of the installed capacity to the National Electricity Grid.
Scottish Energy News 6th June 2017 read more »