Key, reports relating to:
8 Let the sun shine (The Economist). The future is bright for solar power, even as subsidies are withdrawn.
6 PAWB announce rally to commemorate Fukishima disaster (Daily Wales).
2 The perovskite lightbulb moment for solar power (The Observer).
27 Michael Liebreich: Clean energy needs less regulation, not more (Conservative Home). In most sunny parts of the world it is cheaper to generate power from photovoltaic modules on your roof than to buy it from your utility. The best newly-built wind farms are selling power at the equivalent of 3p/KWh before subsidies, which neither gas, nor coal, nor nuclear power can match. LED light bulbs can be bought for a few pounds, providing home-owners a quick and cheap way of cutting their utility bills. The fact is that wind and solar have joined a long list of clean energy technologies – geothermal power, waste-to-energy, solar hot water, hydro-power, sugar-cane based ethanol, combined heat and power, and all sorts of energy efficiency – which can be fully competitive with fossil fuels in the right circumstances. What is even more important is that the cost reductions that have led to this point are set to continue inexorably, far out into the future. ... Before the Fukushima accident in 2011 there was much talk of a nuclear renaissance, and some countries remain committed to building new plants. However, the UK experience is instructive: the government had to offer a power price of £92.50/MWh, adjusted for inflation over 35 years, to get new nuclear power stations built. Nuclear power works and it is low-carbon – but it’s not cheap and most likely never again will be.
27 IEA says wind and solar can carry bulk of energy transformation (RE New Economy). The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report in which it concludes that the integration of large amounts of renewable energy can be achieved by any country at only a small increase on whole system costs, compared with the current fossil-fuel heavy electricity systems. Making the conclusion even more startling is that the IEA used present-day costs for solar PV and wind, with the two most widely-deployed renewable energy technologies set to provide the bulk of the generating capacity in these transformed electricity systems.
26 Why we need an outright ban on fracking in the UK (The Guardian).
26 Achim Steiner: shale gas rush 'a liability' in efforts slow climate change (The Guardian).
25 Nuclear power only insurable by 'gullible governments' (Utility Week). Nuclear power is only economically sound because taxpayers will have to pay to clean up after any radioactive incidents during decommissioning, according to Labour MP Paul Flynn.
25 Brussels probes UK state aid for Drax power station project (Financial Times).
23 Nuclear leaks bill will be paid by taxpayer (The Observer). "Confirmation of the indemnity was made at the start of this month, when the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) slipped out a departmental minute relating to the Magnox reactors. ... The minute explains that the firms 'are not prepared to accept liability' and states that 'because of the nature of nuclear activities, the maximum figure for the potential liability is impossible to accurately quantify' ". See also Nuclear power only insurable by 'gullible governments' (Utility Week, 2014-02-25).
22 Why has Britain signed up for the world’s most expensive power station? (The Spectator, Peter Atherton). MPs owe it to the taxpayer to throw out the Hinkley Point deal.
20 Why the economics don't favor nuclear power in America (Forbes, Mark Cooper).
17 UK nuclear State Aid challenge takes shape (Platts Power in Europe).
17 Solar PV continues to shoot down the cost curve (RE New Economy).
16 Water shortages could disrupt Britain's electricity supply, researchers warn (The Guardian).
11 Grantham: Wind, solar to replace fossil fuels within decades (RE New Economy). “The idea of “peak oil demand” as opposed to peak oil supply has gone, in my opinion, from being a joke to an idea worth beginning to think about in a single year. Some changes seem to be always around the corner and then at long last they move faster than you expected and you are caught flat-footed.”
10 Wind of change sweeps through energy policy in the Caribbean (The Guardian).
10 Analysis: Nuclear scores over renewables under EC proposals (Wind Power Monthly).
7 How to square the circle: hitting the 2020 targets at the lowest possible cost (Solar Power Portal). The government is seeking ways to minimise the cost of hitting the renewable targets within the £7.6 billion budget set out in the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and effectively puts a price on CO2 emissions.
7 UPDATE 2-EU to rule on controversial British nuclear deal this year (Reuters). "From a market investor's point of view, it would be safer to give up hope that the UK government can convince the European Commission and to opt for a realistic assumption that the deal is off," said Doerte Fouquet, a Brussels-based lawyer at Becker Buettner Held who specialises in EU energy policy.
6 World's largest power-generating lagoon planned for Swansea Bay (The Guardian).
6 The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive (The Ecologist).
4 Europe links 15 power markets in biggest shift since 1990s (Bloomberg News).
3 Solar panels better than a pension, says minister (The Telegraph).
2 Ireland's rural protests over wind energy (BBC News).
2 UK nuclear deal with EDF could waste 17.6bn, says Brussels (Financial Times).
2 Brussels says state aid deal for Hinkley Point is illegal (The Times).
1 Nuclear insanity – is the EU seeing the nuclear light? (Aquamarine Power). If marine energy could secure just half of what Hinkley Point would get in a year, it would be transformative for our industry.
31 Nuclear setback as EC attacks Hinkley Point subsidy deal (The Telegraph).
31 U.K. support for EDF atomic deal may distort market, Europe says (Bloomberg News). See State
aid SA. 34947 (2013/C) (ex 2013/N) – United Kingdom Investment Contract
(early Contract for Difference) for the Hinkley Point C New Nuclear
Power Station (European Commission, 2013-12-18).
30 China sets new world record for solar installations (The Guardian).
28 Rooftop solar PV will soon be cheaper than coal (RE New Economy). Having households able to produce electricity at the same cost of coal – not including the network, distribution, and retail costs that are added to centralised generation – is likely to dramatically change the business metrics of the utilities industry.
27 GE Hitachi pays $2.7 million to settle a case of false information on a nuclear reactor design (Greenpeace International).
26 Nuclear chief’s despair over Sellafield firm NMP revealed in letters written by UK nuclear decommissioning boss (The Independent on Sunday). Dr David Lowry, an independent environmental policy and research consultant and a member of Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, obtained the letters. He said: “This is a massive indictment of NMP’s failure to deliver – and then to give them an extension is almost inexplicable. “If Clarke carries on as the chief executive he is going to have to work with NMP for another five years when he clearly doesn’t have any confidence in them. When it comes to Sellafield, it doesn’t matter how you manage it, costs are hyped up year after year.”
26 Exclusive: Beat the Big Six power companies - Coalition offers new £10m fund for DIY energy schemes (The Independent on Sunday).
24 Renewable energy loses out in Europe's "lame-duck" climate plan (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).
23 French regulator orders EDF to make additional atomic safeguards (Bloomberg Business Week).
22 EU to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 (The Guardian).
22 Loss of renewable target is backward step in fight against climate change (The Guardian). The government also ignored the key question of whether offering the French nuclear company EDF a guaranteed income of at least £80bn from energy bill-payers – which it did late last year to ensure that a new nuclear power station is built in Somerset – represented a triumph of market forces. The offer to EDF, partly owned by the French government, was nearly double current electricity prices.
22 EU 2030 climate action: a big step that is not enough (The Guardian).
22 UK must cut green goals back in line with Europe's, manufacturers say (The Telegraph).
22 European Commission to ditch legally-binding renewable energy targets (The Telegraph).
20 EC ocean energy plan 'could create 20,000 UK jobs' (The Scotsman). The European Commission has unveiled a new action plan for the fledgling renewable ocean energy sector in Europe, which could create up to 20,000 jobs in the UK in the next two decades.
20 European Greens consider challenge to UK tax breaks for shale gas drilling (The Guardian).
20 Jose Bove pledges to help Britons resist Total fracking (The Guardian). Bove and the other European Green party candidates lambasted Britain for backing nuclear power, describing it as "anti-democratic". ... "Nuclear energy does not go with our ideas of democracy or local energy production. There is no sense of ownership with nuclear. It's not clean and [uranium mining] is creating terrible landscapes," said German MEP Ska Keller, a former spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens. ... Italian MEP Monica Frassoni accused commentators who backed nuclear power as a way to reduce emissions of "cheating"....
20 Progress on approaches to management of separated plutonium (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority). In summary, this work has resulted in NDA concluding that ... there are three credible reuse options: - reuse as MOX in light water reactors, reuse in CANDU EC6 reactors and reuse in PRISM fast reactors.
20 Tidal energy: Pentland Firth 'could power half of Scotland' (BBC News).
17 Windfarms supplying UK won't get tax subsidies (Independent.ie).
16 Joaquín Almunia attacks UK and US over phone tapping claims (Financial Times).
14 Solar panels on half a million UK buildings, figures suggest (The Guardian).
13 'We're going all out for shale,' admits David Cameron (The Guardian).
10 China: nuclear and coal giants go solar (The Ecologist).
10 Is nuclear power the answer on climate change? (Reuters).
7 EU urged to set 2030 renewable energy target by ministers (The Guardian).
6 Hinkley Point C nuclear plant legal challenge fails (Utility Week).
6 Energy policy – Europe takes power (Financial Times).
4 Why will Hinkley Point C cost £16 bn? (Millicentmedia.com).
2 Europe wants to block UK wind farm subsidies (The Telegraph). Connie Hedegaard: “My view is that if you have mature technologies, renewables or not, they should not have state aid. If they can manage themselves why have state aid?”
1 Can we turn unwanted carbon dioxide into electricity? (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).