News 2015

Key, reports relating to:

  • C - Government consultation
  • CA - Capacity market
  • EMR - Electricity market reform.
  • FC - Our second formal complaint to the EC.
  • - Shale gas.
  • - The views of potential investors.
  • LA - Legal action.
  • M - Military reasons for nuclear power.
  • N - National commitment to 100% renewables.
  • PO - Public opinion.
  • - The potential of renewable sources of power and their cost.
  • - Actual or potential subsidies for nuclear power.
  • SFF - Actual or potential subsidies for fossil fuels.
  • SF - Safety issues.
  • T - The timing of investment decisions.
  • T
  • R - Transmission.


6 Hinkley pointless (The Economist).




The Energy Return of Solar PV (Euan Mearns). But see What’s the EROI of Solar? (Ramez Naam, 2015-06-04).


23 Is smaller better? (The Economist).

11 Big push for small nuclear reactors (Climate News Network).


10 Dispelling the nuclear 'baseload' myth: nothing renewables can't do better! (The Ecologist). Underlying this claim are three key assumptions. First, that baseload power is actually a good and necessary thing. In fact, what it really means is too much power when you don't want it, and not enough when you do. What we need is flexible power (and flexible demand too) so that supply and demand can be matched instant by instant. The second assumption is that nuclear power is a reliable baseload supplier. In fact it's no such thing. All nuclear power stations are subject to tripping out for safety reasons or technical faults. That means that a 3.2GW nuclear power station has to be matched by 3.2GW of expensive 'spinning reserve' that can be called in at a moments notice. The third is that the only way to supply baseload power is from baseload power stations, such as nuclear, coal and gas, designed to run flat-out all the time whether their power is actually needed or not. That's wrong too.

The mystery of Britain’s love affair with new nuclear (The Fifth Estate). "Martin Horwood, a British MP, in a debate in the UK Parliament about subsidies for nuclear power in 2013 said: 'The Energy Fair group of energy consultants and academics has stripped out all subsidies and says that the real cost of nuclear power is at least £200 a MWh (AU$382.7/MWh), which is much more than the cost of offshore wind power at £140 a MWh or that of onshore wind power at less than £90 MWh.' "