Letter: Critics can only gawp at nuclear’s latest wish list From Tom Burke, Dr Paul Dorfman, Professor Stephen Thomas and Alison Downes. In the UK, the Nuclear Industry Association’s begging bowl runneth over (“Nuclear developers press for ‘prompt’ decision on new UK plants”, June 24). The NIA’s full report contains a barrage of demands including that development costs be paid for, an assured flow of orders and all risks covered by taxpayers or consumers. For an industry in global decline, beset by technical difficulties, overruns and overspends, this is audacious indeed.
FT 25th June 2020 read more »
The next generation of nuclear power stations will not produce electricity as cheaply as offshore wind farms, the industry has admitted. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) said yesterday that the government still needed new nuclear plants to help achieve its aim of Britain’s carbon emissions being net zero by 2050. It said that proposed plants at Sizewell in Suffolk, Wylfa on Anglesey and Bradwell in Essex were all likely to cost in the region of £60 per megawatt-hour (MWh) generated. The beats the £92.50/MWh cost of the Hinkley Point C plant being built in Somerset but well above the prices for the latest offshore wind farms, which came in at about £40/MWh. That kind of low cost could only be achieved for subsequent reactors once supply chains were improved, delivery risk reduced and “first of a kind” costs such as reactor design approvals secured, the NIA said. EDF, the developer of Sizewell C, has indicated it could cost between £40 and £60/MWh since it is not the first of a kind and should benefit from its similarities to Hinkley Point. Its planning application for the Suffolk plant was yesterday accepted for scrutiny by the Planning Inspectorate.
Times 25th June 2020 read more »
The nuclear sector has become the latest industry to wade into the debate about the government’s imminent green recovery package, arguing that it has a critical role to play in delivering on the UK’s net zero targets.
Business Green 24th June 2020 read more »
Future Net Zero 24th June 2020 read more »
Prompt decisions on new nuclear power stations are essential if the UK is to enjoy a clean economic recovery and meet its 2050 Net Zero ambitions, according to a report published by the trade body for the UK civil nuclear industry.
The Engineer 24th June 2020 read more »
Plans for a clean economic recovery and the goal of Net Zero by 2050 need commitment to new nuclear power stations, according to a summary of the sector’s future potential published today by the Nuclear Industry Association. Ahead of the Climate Change Committee’s annual progress update due this week, the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has released “Forty by ’50: A Nuclear Roadmap,” an assessment produced for the Government/Industry body, the Nuclear Industry Council.
Politics Home 24th June 2020 read more »
Today the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy has welcomed the latest report from the Nuclear Industry Association, Forty by’50: The Nuclear Roadmap.
Politics Home 24th June 2020 read more »
As the lockdown measures we have become so familiar with over the past three months are slowly eased, discussions are turning to how to move forward with recovering from the economic hit of Covid-19 in a way that also addresses climate change. I have a long history of campaigning on environmental issues, most recently as a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion UK and the founder of its climate reporting newspaper The Hourglass. Now, I have quit the organisation to take up a position as a campaigner for nuclear power.
City AM 25th June 2020 read more »
The OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has today launched a series of policy briefs that examine nuclear energy’s role in the post-COVID economic recovery. The policy briefs, to which World Nuclear Association contributed, have four themes: building resilience; job creation; cost-effective decarbonisation; and unlocking finance.
World Nuclear News 24th June 2020 read more »