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News 2011

Earlier news pages: 2010, 2009

Key:

  • EMR - Reports relating to electricity market reform.
  • FC - Reports which relate to our second formal complaint to the EC.
  • G - Reports relating to shale gas.
  • I - Reports which relate to the views of potential investors.
  • PO - Reports relating to public opinion.
  • R - Reports relating to the potential of renewable sources of power and their cost.
  • S - Reports with evidence for actual or potential subsidies for nuclear power.
  • T - Reports which relate to the timing of investment decisions.

2011

December

30 UK investment in green energy stagnates at £2.5bn (The Guardian).

28 UK switch to low-carbon energy will cost £5,000 per person a year (The Guardian). Prediction using unique calculator challenges view that sustainable energy means higher costs. But "the least-cost 2050 scenario is £84 (1.8%) a year less expensive, and envisages a mix of electricity generation comprising 42% renewable energy, 31% nuclear power and 27% gas plants with the carbon captured and stored underground (CCS). It also envisages improvements in energy efficiency, with demand from lighting and appliances having fallen by 60% compared with 2007 levels." The nuclear figures are certainly wrong.

25 UK taxpayers face extra £250m bill for nuclear waste clean-up (The Observer).

22 'Clumsy' handling of solar subsidy cuts may have 'fatally damaged' industry (The Guardian).

20 'Green deal' will fail, government's climate advisers warn (The Guardian).

17 I Under pressure: France wants to export nuclear reactors. Who will buy them? (The Economist).

16 I Cash from Middle Eastern royals could help fund UK's nuclear future if profit is promised (This is Money).

16 R LEDs offer a brighter future, says report (BBC News). It is predicted the technology could dominate the lighting market by 2015.

15 EMR Electricity Market Reform moves ahead (DECC press release). See also Technical update to the White Paper on Electricity Market Reform (DECC).

15 R EU energy chief calls for new renewable energy targets (The Guardian). Greenpeace's EU energy policy director, Frauke Thies, said: "The roadmap shows that getting clean energy from renewables will cost taxpayers no more than getting dirty and dangerous energy from coal or nuclear power. The commission will be tempted to overplay the role of coal and nuclear energy to appease the likes of Poland and France, but the numbers in the roadmap are unequivocal. It proves that a modern energy system can't do without renewables and efficiency, but can easily consign coal and nuclear power to the past." See also Energy Roadmap 2050: a secure, competitive and low-carbon energy sector is possible (Europa press release, 2011-12-15).

15 R Green measures will not lead to 'astronomical' energy bills: analysis (The Guardian).

14 Renewable energy: as U.S. dawdles, Germany is thinking 40 years out (Minn Post).

14 Poll: public overwhelmingly backs wind and solar power (Business Green). See also British public strongly support renewable energy, survey says (The Guardian, 2011-12-14).

14 Poisoning link threatens future of fracking (The Independent).

13 EDF Energy: Construction stand-offs threaten UK nuclear delivery (The Telegraph).

13 Greenpeace: phase out nuclear reactors (USA Today).

12 Japan estimates the cost of a future nuclear accident (Nuclear Engineering International).

12 ‘Scotland could earn billions selling green power to world’ (The Scotsman).

9 UK faces threat of legal action over solar subsidy (The Independent).

8 Government finalises new nuclear clean framework (DECC press release). Arrangements for decommissioning and management of nuclear waste.

7 Warren Buffett to buy Californian solar power farm worth $2bn (The Guardian).

7 Decc confident nuclear contracts are not illegal under state aid rules (Utility Week).

7 Hinkley Point nuclear protesters take fight to Prime Minister David Cameron (This is Somerset). Members of the Stop Hinkley campaign ... presented almost 13,000 signatures to Prime Minister David Cameron.

6 I Private equity: winds of change (Financial Times).

5 Energy companies have lent more than 50 staff to government departments (The Guardian).

5 We need to talk about Sellafield, and a nuclear solution that ticks all our boxes (The Guardian, George Monbiot).

4 UK green energy projects fall by wayside in dash for gas (The Guardian).

2 Fukushima fallout: renaissance in nuclear power generation now a long way off (Financial Times).

2 Renewables case ‘has never been stronger’ (The Scotsman). “Our dependence on foreign gas imports has pushed up domestic energy bills by some £200 – ten times more than the impact of the Renewables Obligation – and more renewables will protect us against these shocks in future,” Stuart argued.

2 Setback to nuclear power plans (The Telegraph).

1 UK Economy on track to meet carbon targets and will reap long term benefits - Huhne (DECC press release). See also Carbon Plan reveals UK will 'significantly exceed' emissions targets (Business Green, 2011-12-01); UK carbon-cutting targets exceeded, government research claims (The Guardian, 2011-12-01).

1 Mox plant U-turn by coalition stuns anti-nuclear campaigners (The Guardian).

November

30 GE, Hitachi propose plant to burn U.K.’s plutonium stockpile (Bloomberg Business Week).

28 European Union wants post-Soviet members nuclear reactors permanently offline (Oil Price).

28 New poll: opposition to nuclear grows in most countries (Nuclear Engineering International).

28 Osborne urged to prioritise the nuclear option (New Statesman).

28 UK's faith in nuclear power threatens renewables, says German energy expert (The Guardian). Jochen Flasbarth, who is advising German government on its nuclear phase-out, says UK's wind and solar industry will suffer.

25 Denmark aims for 100 pct renewable energy in 2050 (Reuters). See also Green energy – the road to a Danish energy system without fossil fuels (PDF, Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy, September 2010). Martin Lidegaard [Minister for climate and energy] told foreign journalists the plan to phase out fossil fuels amounted to buying an insurance policy "against the risk of the market in the next 10 years". "The conclusion being it has a cost to make a green transformation, but it also has a cost not to do it," Lidegaard said. "I think this will work out to be the best insurance Denmark has ever (bought)." Lidegaard said that Denmark faced three global crises which will hit it "with a force that is so far absolutely unheard of" -- an economic and financial crisis, a climate crisis and a resources crisis. "This proposal will address all three crises."

25 Nuclear power 'gets little public support worldwide' (BBC News).

24 Swiss nuclear shutdown to cost EUR 16.8 billion (EUbusiness).

23 To maintain renewable energy’s rapid growth, new IEA study assesses challenges and shows how to overcome obstacles (IEA press release).

23 Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy (Reuters).

22 Government's nuclear policy 'lacking credibility', according to House of Lords (This is Money).

22 Areva to sell La Mancha stake, close Virginia plant, AFP says (Bloomberg).

22 Coalition faces major revolt over planned cuts to solar subsidies (The Guardian).

21 Do windfarms work? (The Guardian).

18 Arabs push nuke energy despite Fukushima (UPI).

17 UK nuclear builders say unfazed by Fukushima delays (Reuters).

17 Parties clash over future of nuclear power in France (BBC News). See also French opposition parties reach election alliance (Wall Stree Journal, 2011-11-20).

16 EDF slumps to seven-week low on opposition plan to shut 24 reactors (Bloomberg).

15 Nuclear power stands at a crossroads (Financial Times).

15 'Eccentric' nuclear plans threaten UK's part in renewables revolution, expert warns (The Guardian). A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: "Nuclear will have a role to play in our future energy mix – as it does today – but we've always said that will be as part of a portfolio approach, of which renewables and clean coal and gas will play a key role too." He highlighted a statement made by Chris Huhne in October: "We do what any rational investor does with their own pension fund – we spread our risks, we have a portfolio."

14 Concerns at home raise nuclear heat for EDF (Financial Times).

14 EDF convicted on spying charges (Nuclear Engineering International).

13 En pleine polémique sur Flamanville, EDF se prépare à abandonner l'EPR (La Tribune). It looks like EPR is dead, AP1000 also no good, the ATMEA-1 Franco-Chinese model not yet ready will be designated for UK, creating a 2-year delay for GDA. See also EDF denies it mulls dropping EPR reactor model (Market Watch, 2011-11-14).

13 Ofgem study 'undermines' case for nuclear (BBC News).

11 Unconventional gas: tipping the odds against CSP (CSP Today).

10 Onshore wind energy to reach parity with fossil-fuel electricity by 2016 (Bloomberg press release).

10 Government's cut to solar feed-in tariffs is "own goal" - CBI chief (CBI press release).

9 The lights will stay on, but nuclear timetable slips (Energy & Environmental Management). It is now estimating that new plant won't come online until "around 2025", following the electricity market reforms. ... The revelation comes in the latest Statutory Security of Supply Report (SSSR), published today by energy minister Charles Hendry, which has been produced jointly with Ofgem with input from National Grid. [Paragraph 9 of the report says "Replacement nuclear capacity may also be constructed by around 2025 following the electricity market reforms."]

9 EDF chief puts French nuclear pullout costs at EU400 billion (Bloomberg Business Week).

9 Emergency power systems to be worth £1.5bn by 2020 (The Telegraph). The UK's "substantial hinterland" of stand-by generators waiting to be deployed if, for example, power to a sewage treatment works or chilled warehouse stops, could offer 20 gigawatts (GW) of power capacity, according to a London School of Economics report commissioned by Npower.

9 SSE reveals reasons for new nuclear pull out (New Civil Engineer). Energy firm SSE chief executive Ian Merchant said today that lack of nuclear expertise and construction risk were the main reasons the firm pulled out of the nuclear developer consortium Nugen in September.

9 World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns (The Guardian). See also The burning issue of energy cannot wait for economic good times (The Guardian, Damian Carrington, 2011-11-09).

9 Micro-CHP as an integral component of the UK’s energy strategy: a strategy and policy roadmap (JDS Associates).

8 Nuclear accident may lift Japan's power generation costs (Bloomberg Business Week).

8 Nuclear history repeating: why can’t anybody build a new nuclear reactor? (Greenpeace International). Construction of the third and fourth EPRs began at Taishan, China in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Building is (or was?) expected to take four years. We now hear that there are quality problems in the reactors’ concrete. Contractors are inexperienced and poorly supervised. Language problems have lead to shortcomings in the translation of blueprints. When will these reactors start electricity production and what will their final costs be? Your guess is as good as ours (or the nuclear industry’s).

8 Ofgem to probe risk of UK gas drought (The Telegraph). At the moment about half of Britain's gas comes from UK suppliers, but by the end of decade it will be about 20pc, according to Ofgem.

8 The vast, shocking hole in BBC Panorama's analysis of rising energy bills (The Guardian, Damian Carrington). See also Energy bills: the Guardian's big green blind spot (The Guardian, Tom Heap, 2011-11-09).

7 Krugman: only politics can delay “an energy transformation, driven by the rapidly falling cost of solar power” (Climate Progress). See also Here comes the sun (New York Times, 2011-10-06).

7 MP calls for transparency over green taxes on energy bills (The Guardian).

7 70 percent in Japan want end to nuclear power (NHK World).

4 I Nuclear to fall as power demand rises (Reuters).

4 I Top-rated energy manager plays shift away from oil and nuclear (Citywire).

4 Analysis - Germany's nuclear exit no threat to power supply (Reuters).

4 President rules out license renewal for existing nuclear plants (Taiwan News). Taiwan aims to phase out nuclear power.

3 Shale gas is no game-changer in the UK (The Guardian).

October

31 Feed-in tariff cuts 'will kill solar industry stone dead' (The Guardian).

31 GDF down on Belgium nuclear exit reports (Reuters). See also EU energy: Belgium becomes latest European country to scrap nuclear power (eGovmonitor, 2011-10-31); Belgium plans to phase out nuclear power (BBC News, 2011-10-31).

31 How to solve 'green growth denial' in one stroke (The Guardian).

28 New life for old idea that could dissolve our nuclear waste (The Independent).

27 T No firm date set for new UK nuclear plant - EDF (Reuters). Investment decision likely towards the end of 2012.

27 Helios mega-PV scheme turns up in EU's Greek bailout plan (Re Charge).

26 Chris Huhne attacks renewable energy critics (The Guardian).

25 I Cash injection talks for UK nuclear plans (Financial Times). Horizon discussing possible cash injections from Toshiba and Areva? "The talks underline the scale of the financial challenge behind the UK’s ambition to build a new generation of reactors." "'Ideally, every nuclear power station is meant to run for about 40 years, so your risk profile changes for the worse with every event that could threaten that kind of lifetime,' said the person briefed on the matter."

25 UK offshore wind to struggle with surge in projects (Reuters).

25 Greece in talks to repay debts with solar power (The Guardian).

25 Fallout forensics hike radiation toll: global data on Fukushima challenge Japanese estimates (Nature News).

25 Clean energy future 'within our grasp' (WWF press release). See also Renewables could be UK's major power source by 2030: WWF (The Guardian, 2011-10-25). This is about WWF's UK energy report: Positive Energy: how renewable electricity can transform the UK by 2030 (PDF).

23 Solar power is beginning to go mainstream (AJC).

22 Supergrid needed to end UK's electricity isolation, say MPs (The Guardian).

19 Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond: a blueprint for an integrated European energy network (European Commission).

19 Solar panel subsidy to be slashed (Financial Times). See also Coalition’s green hue fades with solar cuts (Financial Times, 2011-10-19).

19 Reports: carbon tax breaks planned for heavy energy users (Business Green).

18 Paying people to use less energy will save money (The Guardian).

17 EDF on trial in French Greenpeace spying case (Bloomberg).

16 I Nuclear bombshell hits E.ON energy project (This is Money).

16 1000s urge end to N-activities in France (PressTV).

15 I Nukes of hazard (The Economist).

14 I FactCheck: Huhne far from clear on nuclear (Channel 4 News).

14 French primary reflects a shift on nuclear power (The Wall Street Journal).

13 Solar closes in on grid parity (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).

12 Olkiluoto 3 nuke plant may be delayed further -TVO (Reuters). See also Areva EPR bill seen at 6.6 bln eur-paper (Reuters, 2011-10-12).

12 Energy market faces shakeup as SSE auctions electricity share (The Guardian). See also Fear drives SSE's switch in attitude (The Telegraph, 2011-10-12), SSE attacks 'predatory' Big Six rivals (The Telegraph, 2011-10-12), SSE looks to customer service (The Telegraph, 2011-10-12), Gridlock: Why the energy industry needs reform (The Telegraph, 2011-10-12), Energy giant SSE's price ploy 'just smoke and mirrors' (The Independent, 2022-10-13).

11 UK nuclear safety review finds 38 cases for improvement (The Guardian).

11 Still committed to nuclear plant (This is Bristol). Volker Beckers, chief executive of RWE's UK Npower, has reiterated confidence in the UK market and continued development at Horizon.

10 Ministers gamble on new £6bn Sellafield plant (The Independent).

9 Huhne will use Fukushima report to revive nuclear programme (The Observer).

8 'I studied near Chernobyl 25 years ago, now I have terminal cancer' (The Scotsman).

8 Czechs plan to heavily expand nuclear power, angering anti-nuke neighbors (Washington Post).

7 Problems seen in Olkiluoto-type project in China (YLE.fi).

7 I RWE reviews involvement in UK nuclear programme (The Guardian).

6 I Britain's nuclear future is not so bright as firms look for exit strategy (This is Money).

5 I Middle East sovereign wealth funds 'queue up' to invest in UK nuclear power stations (The Telegraph).

5 Nuclear liability: The market-based, post-Fukushima case for ending Price-Anderson (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).

4 Work starts on solar bridge at Blackfriars station (The Guardian). See also Bridging the energy gap at Blackfriars (The Independent, 2011-10-04). The giant photovoltaic solar array will in effect form a roof over the bridge ....

4 I RWE, EON keep U.K. reactor spending after German nuclear ban (Bloomberg Business Week).

3 Activists hail nuclear plant protest (The Independent). See also Protesters blockade nuclear power station (The Telegraph, 2011-10-03), Hinkley Point power station blockaded by anti-nuclear protesters (The Guardian, 2011-10-03), Hinkley Point protest: blockade at nuclear power station (BBC News, 2011-10-03).

3 T Fully energised about nuclear safety (Professional Engineering). “As far as the French EPR design is concerned, Areva should have its full DAC at the end of next year, which means that some point soon after that, if it is in a fit state to do so, it can apply for consent to start construction. That’s a timeline for starting to build – how long it takes from then to actually be built is for Areva to decide.”

3 I Questions over funding for nuclear expansion (Professional Engineering). The huge costs and risks associated with nuclear construction mean that plants will only be built with public support in the form of long-term power purchase agreements, according to David Simpson, global head of mergers and acquisitions at finance firm KPMG. ... such contracts – Simpson expects the UK government to offer 35-year deals – could be illegal state aid under European Union competition rules. There has been no formal ruling.

2 Britain's nuclear spending soars amid defence cuts (The Observer). Secret MoD report reveals £750m bill for enriched uranium plant as Liam Fox announces axing of 1,100 navy personnel.

2 I Low-cost imports from China fuel boom in solar panels (The Observer).

September

29 I Renewable energy hits record high in UK (The Guardian). Second quarter of 2011 saw green generation contribute 9.6% per cent of the UK's electricity supply, a 50% rise on 2010.

29 Cable to Norway could be subsea 'supergrid' (The Scotsman). NorthConnect, a Norwegian company jointly owned by Scottish and Southern Energy, Agder Energi, Lyse and Vattenfall has lodged its application with National Grid.

28 I Sun v fossil: the race to electrical equality (Energy Saving Trust). Figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) suggest that larger solar PV installations such as those on businesses will reach grid parity in terms of cost effectiveness as soon as 2013 in Italy and Spain – with the UK following suit in 2017 and the rest of Europe catching up by 2020. See also Solar Photovoltaics competing in the energy sector – on the road to competitiveness (PDF, European Photovoltaics Industry Association, September 2011) and EPIA global market outlook for photovoltaics until 2015 (PDF, EPIA, May 2011).

28 Germany continues exporting electricity: renewables driving down prices despite closing reactors (The Guardian).

28 I Nuclear: enthusiasm for reactor investment cools (Financial Times).

28 Swiss parliament approves nuclear plant phase out (Google News).

28 Labour's love-in with the nuclear industry still blossoming (The Guardian).

26 The costs of nuclear reactors have been steep for many utilities, Texas Institute study finds (jacksonville.com). See also New Texas Institute study on nuclear power projects financing (Texas Institute press release, 2011-09-13). "... the study found that while the announcement of an intent to build a new nuclear reactor had no measurable impact on a utility's credit rating, the actual construction of a new nuclear plant carried an almost 70 percent probability that the utility would experience a rating downgrade, although the magnitude of the downgrade varied from utility to utility."

26 S Exposed! EDF lobby to keep £1bn windfall for profit - not vulnerable customers (Greenpeace).

26 Delay to green subsidies puts renewable energy investment in doubt (The Guardian).

22 S Whose subsidies trump whose? (New York Times). Renewable energy deserves subsidies, its partisans say, because conventional energy sources have enjoyed bigger subsidies for decades. The latter is a hard proposition to quantify, but a new report by a venture capital firm that specializes in renewables takes a stab at it.

22 Solar power boom put at risk by rigid caps on budget, says industry (The Guardian).

22 Committee publishes findings on 'European Supergrid' (press release from the Energy and Climate Change Committee).

21 I Centrica, EDF face rising windfall atomic tax risk, analysts say (Bloomberg).

21 10 reasons renewable energy may beat the projections (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).

21 SSE to abandon nuclear consortium (Financial Times).

20 S Lib Dem conference: members vote against nuclear subsidies (press release from Friends of the Earth). See also Lib Dems vote in favour of nuclear windfall tax (Business Green, 2011-09-21).

20 Chris Huhne halts 'dash for gas' to keep UK on course for carbon targets (The Guardian). But see "If it transpires that the early indications we have received from Cuadrilla about the size of the find under Lancashire are correct, there will clearly be an impact on gas prices within the UK. We have already seen that gas prices in the United States are half of those in the UK and the rest of Europe and are even lower than the prices for gas in the Far East. This is a very important development and all our policy framework is designed to make sure that we can provide affordable, clean electricity at the cheapest possible price to British consumers in the long run." –-Chris Huhne, House of Commons, 19 October 2011 (emphasis added).

19 Siemens saves face as Rosatom tie-up fades away (Financial Times). "... doubts about the so-called nuclear renaissance had emerged even before the Fukushima disaster due to delays and cost-increases linked to several prominent projects. “From a shareholder point of view, nuclear is a risky business and the margins are now potentially lower,” says James Stettler at UniCredit. “The US [nuclear] market is going to be difficult and Siemens wasn’t going to be doing any business in France either. That just left the emerging markets.” Siemens’ continued involvement in the nuclear business also risked undermining its efforts to become a “green infrastructure pioneer” by selling products ranging from wind turbines to trains and smart electricity grids." "'From a shareholder point of view, nuclear is a risky business and the margins are now potentially lower,' says James Stettler at UniCredit."

18 Reports of the death of solar power are greatly exaggerated (The Guardian). Since October of 2008, the average price of solar modules has fallen from $4.20 per watt to around $1.20 to $1.50 per watt today.

18 Siemens drops Rosatom nuclear plant ambitions (Financial Times). "Speaking to the magazine Der Spiegel, Mr Löscher said he saw Germany’s phase out of nuclear power as a 'once-in-a-century project' but its aim of boosting renewable sources energy to 35 per cent by 2020 was achievable." See also Siemens invests in expanding wind power (New York Times, 2011-01-03).

18 How energy drains water supplies (New York Times).

16 What price safe and secure nuclear power? (The Guardian).

16 Solar is the "fastest growing industry in America" and made record cost reductions in 2010 (Climate Progress).

16 Japan to build floating wind farm near Fukushima nuclear plant (Japan Today).

15 Power giants form Britain's nuclear family as reactor race hots up (This is Money). GDF Suez, the owner of International Power, plans to open an operational plant by 2023 at its site in Sellafield – and trounce its main rival, EDF.

12 Alliance urges green energy economy (Belfast Telegraph).

12 How China dominates solar power (The Guardian). See also Solar is ready now: 'ferocious cost reductions' make solar PV competitive (Climate Progress, 2011-06-09).

12 Nuclear link-up for Rolls-Royce and Rosatom (World Nuclear News).

12 Permanent nuclear shutdown in Japan possible by 2012 (press release from Greenpeace International).

12 Explosion at French nuclear site of Marcoule (BBC News). One person has been killed and four injured, one seriously, by an explosion at the southern French nuclear site of Marcoule. See also One killed in blast at French nuclear plant as authorities insist no radioactivity leaks (The Telegraph, 2011-09-13). "France came close to having its own Fukushima disaster on Monday after one person was killed and four were injured in an explosion at a nuclear waste treatment plant." A brief history of French nuclear accidents (Reuters, 2011-09-12).

11 S Call to abolish carbon floor price (Financial Times).

11 Green energy policies 'unconvincing', says leaked No10 analysis (The Guardian). See also Renewables reforms 'hamper investment' (The Scotsman, 2011-09-11).

11 Don't believe the spin on thorium being a greener nuclear option (The Guardian).

11 'Free' corporate help accepted by energy department, Caroline Lucas reveals (The Guardian).

11 The age of energy - the green economy (The Telegraph). Articles sponsored by Shell.

9 Fukushima spoils world appetite for nuclear power (Deutsche Welle). In the six months since the Fukushima disaster, a global survey has detected mounting opposition to nuclear energy, especially in Asia. Yet Germany remains the only country to abandon the technology to date.

9 The sun holds the answers (iStockAnalyst).

8 S Nuclear subsidies in the UK (Earth Track).

6 Global renewable capacity has now exceeded nuclear (Green Economy).

5 Time to place your bets on fossil fuels versus renewable energy (The Guardian).

2 Britain's solar sector hit by cut in Government support (The Independent). Howard Johns, the chairman of the Solar Trade Association, said forecasts that last month's revamp of the feed-in tariff rules would damage the sector – and Britain's efforts to generate more energy from renewables – were already proving correct.

1 Wind, water, and solar power for the World (IEEE Spectrum, September 2011, Mark Delucchi).

August

26 Greenpeace takes government to court over nuclear power expansion (Greenpeace press release).

18 Report: Chinese solar power could reach grid parity by 2015 (Business Green).

18 R New generation for Scottish energy with creation of 1,500 jobs (The Scotsman).

17 R Vestas: new wind turbine factory will create 2,000 UK jobs (The Guardian).

17 I Nuclear clients worried over strike threats (Construction Enquirer).

17 The explosive truth behind Fukushima's meltdown (The Independent).

16 I Nuclear power, the economic dirty bomb (The Market Oracle).

15 How Germany plans to succeed in a nuclear free, low-carbon economy (The Guardian).

14 Japan eyes global nuclear compensation treaty - report (Reuters).

13 Tokyo seeks big growth in solar, wind power (The Wall Street Journal).

12 T Doubts raised over UK energy investments (Financial Times). [RWE and Eon] face additional costs in their home market after Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power in the wake of the post-tsunami crisis in Japan, questions have mounted about their investment plans in the UK. ... a final investment decision is not due for another two to three years.

11 I EU rules may push back U.K. nuclear, wind investment, E3G says (Bloomberg). The proposed changes may fall foul of European Union rules restricting state aid, Tom Burke, a co-founder of environmental lobby E3G, said in an interview in London. Burke has advised the U.K. on international climate change policy. The European Union can take up to 18 months to grant consent under state aid rules, he said. ... “CfDs for renewable energy are not dissimilar to existing renewable support mechanisms around Europe which have been approved from a state aid perspective, Ronan O’Regan, a London-based director of energy at consultant PWC, said by e-mail. “For nuclear, it seems unlikely that the Government would have progressed this far without being confident that they would be compliant with state aid rules.

10 Japan’s ‘can-do’ bid for a nuclear-free era (Financial Times).

9 Renewable energy production passes nuclear (IB Times). Renewable energy production in the United States has surpassed the production of nuclear power for the first time, a government study reports.

9 T Sellafield nuclear new build may be delayed for two years - claim (Cumberland News). ... energy companies such an NuGen will decide whether to invest only when new legislation designed to make nuclear build viable becomes law. Mr Yeo says this is unlikely to happen until the end of 2013, a year later than expected.

9 Plant closure at Sellafield (Irish Times). Eleven years ago, the Irish government joined with five Nordic states in campaigning against the opening of this facility. They opposed it at a United Nations Law of the Sea Tribunal because of possible pollution to the oceans. They objected on the grounds that it could become a target for international terrorists.

9 T RWE profits drop 40% on nuclear phaseout (Financial Times). Mr Grossmann also damped speculation in the UK that given its challenges, RWE was looking to leave the Horizon consortium with Germany’s Eon to build new nuclear reactors in the country, noting that “this project will continue”. A final investment decision will not need to be taken for another two to three years.

9 Committee on Climate Change in nuclear costs climbdown (Dave Toke's blog).

8 The £100 Billion hidden cost of nuclear power (Spinwatch).

7 T Nuclear timetable allowed to slip (Financial Times). The energy companies planning to construct power stations want to take their final investment decisions after this law has reached the statute book. That is unlikely to happen until the end of 2013, a year later than expected.

7 Bayer threatens to quit Germany over nuclear shutdown (The Observer).

6 Hutton fears nuclear industry has lost confidence of the public (The Guardian). See also Nuclear energy is ‘engineering of the future’ (Financial Times, 2011-08-05).

5 What if the light bulb produced more than light? (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).

5 How UK newspaper coverage is skewed against renewables (The Guardian).

5 CBI: Energy-intensive companies should be exempt from carbon floor price (The Guardian).

5 Day after Sellafield plant is shut, Government told to build another (The Independent).

4 Scottish Water chief sets ambitious green targets (The Herald).

3 Demand for wind power, wind turbines rises with German nuclear power shutdown (Clean Technica).

3 Sellafield Mox nuclear fuel plant to close (The Guardian).

1 I Hinkley C – Somerset's nuclear money pit? (The Guardian, John Vidal).

1 Thames Water to be solar power giant (The Independent).

July

29 How Germany plans to succeed in a nuclear free, low-carbon economy (The Guardian).

28 Areva still upbeat on nuclear post-Fukushima (Reuters). Areva's new chief executive said the Fukushima disaster was creating new business opportunities for nuclear service providers as the industry's focus moves to safety upgrades and sometimes plant dismantling.

28 Centrica says nuclear 'no done deal' as profits halve (The Telegraph).

28 DECC dismisses "nuclear subsidy" critics (Business Green). About the Government's response to the ECCC comments on EMR.

27 UK sails ahead in offshore wind power generation (The Guardian).

26 Why the UK must choose renewables over nuclear: an answer to Monbiot (The Guardian, Jonathon Porritt).

25 I City presses Centrica to cancel plans for building nuclear power plants (The Guardian). Centrica should "not touch with a barge pole" the new nuclear build (NNB) joint venture with EDF to build four new plants in Britain, argues Lakis Athanasiou, utilities analyst with Evolution Securities.

25 Nuclear Disconnect Part 2 (Environmental Research Web, Dave Elliott blog).

25 I EDF's reputation faces risk of meltdown (The Telegraph).

24 Killer personifies rise of new far-right (Financial Times). "... he chides the [English Defence League] for being “dangerously naive” in pursuing a democratic path, and instead advises it to attack a nuclear plant to “cripple the British economy, contributing to creating an optimal climate for significant  political  change”.

22 Nuclear power's real chain reaction: spiralling costs (The Guardian).

20 Nuclear power plants to get fast-track planning approval (The Telegraph).

18 Energy firms plan dozens of new fossil-fuelled power stations (The Guardian).

16 Coalition subsidy for nuclear could spark major political fallout (Left Foot Forward). "Responding to a question from Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood, the Treasury’s Justine Greening admitted that existing nuclear will benefit from the higher wholesale electricity prices resulting from the CPF to the tune of £50 million a year to 2030." See also Budget 'offers £50m nuclear boost' (Virgin Media, 2011-05-09) Treasury economic secretary Justine Greening said: "The existing nuclear sector is likely to benefit by an average of £50 million per annum to 2030 due to higher wholesale electricity prices."

13 The nuclear game is up (Morning Star, Alan Simpson). "France's nuclear industry is propped up by the state and the fact that EDF makes most of its profits from Britain." "By giving renewable energy [in Germany] "priority access to the grid," it has helped reduce peak prices by some 20 to 40 per cent." "And if this isn't enough, ministers will find a way of shovelling EU-ETS receipts into the nuclear coffers."

13 Anatomy of a solar PV system: how to continue "ferocious cost reductions" for solar electricity (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).

 13 UK energy reform to generate two-tier victors (Financial Times).

13 Japan should aim to become nuclear free society, says prime minister (The Telegraph).

12 EMR Electricity market reform: keeping the lights on in the cheapest, cleanest way (DECC press release). [Nuclear expensive, not cheap, and not clean either.] "In the longer term, by 2050, electricity demand is set to double, as we shift more transport and heating onto the electricity grid." See also Electricity Market Reform (EMR) White Paper 2011 (DECC press release, not dated). "The Government will put in place effective transitional arrangements to ensure there is no hiatus in investment while the new system is established."

12 Chris Huhne: UK must invest in energy infrastructure to keep the lights on (The Guardian).

11 After fracking ban, France turns to offshore wind. But a nuclear phase out? Sacré Bleu! (Climate Progress).

10 Energy market reform expected to lead to higher household fuel bills (The Guardian).

9 PO France includes nuclear power exit among options (Daily Times). A poll last month showed three quarters of the French people interviewed wanted to withdraw from nuclear energy, against 22 percent who back the nuclear expansion programme.

7 Renewables overtake nuclear power generation in U.S. (Smart Planet). Units in bar chart are Quadrillion Btu (per annum), see the June 2011 monthly report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy.

6 I UK nuclear investment environment "dire" - Citigroup (Reuters).

6 EDF and RWE raise fresh doubts over UK nuclear plans (The Telegraph).

1 S Lib Dem MPs set to rebel against nuclear power 'subsidy' (The Guardian).

June

27 UK's biggest solar energy farm connects to national grid (The Guardian).

26 Eon takes up Merkel move to go green (Financial Times).

23 PO Citizens across world oppose nuclear power, poll finds (The Guardian).

22 New 'dash for gas' will cost consumers (The Telegraph). Green Alliance report about gas-fired electricity.

21 Energy Bill: Government forced to remove nuclear subsidy clause (Friends of the Earth press release).

21 Solar industry takes tariff fight to Lords (The Independent).

20 PO French industry minister rejects poll backing nuclear withdrawal (Bloomberg).

20 Fukushima report shows nuclear power can never be safe and cheap (Damian Carrington).

20 Sharp world wde drop in support for nuclear energy as 26% of new opponents say Fukushima drove their decision (Ipsos).

20 Price of solar panels to drop to $1 by 2013, report forecasts (The Guardian). The report can be downloaded here.

20 All island approach to open up renewables opportunities (DECC press notice).

20 Germany is right to opt out of nuclear (The Guardian).

19 Chris Huhne attacks Tory 'zealots' over proposed scrapping of green laws (The Guardian). [Will he do the same over nuclear power?]

18 UK urges Ireland to build wind farms on west coast (The Guardian).

17 Is it time to say no to nuclear? (Connecting Industry).

13 Italy just became the latest country to abandon nuclear power (Business Insider). See also People have the power! Italy says YES to a nuclear energy free future! (Greenpeace blog, 2011-06-13).

12 FC Hugh Osmond buys temporary power generator APR Energy (The Observer). [The government should avoid micro-management of the market. With the right framework in place, companies will make the detailed decisions needed to meet the main objectives.]

11 FC Chris Huhne attacks energy companies over price increases (The Guardian). "Consumers don't have to take price increases lying down," he said. "If an energy company hits you with a price increase, you can hit them back where it hurts – by shopping around and voting with your feet." [importance of price signals for consumers]. ... Ministers are also understood to be seeking powers to force companies to reveal to every customer on their bills whether they are on the cheapest tariff, amid concerns about lack of transparency. [importance of transparency]. "Right now, only one in five people switch suppliers. I want to see more switching, more competition and more companies in the market," Huhne said. ... Further measures to address a lack of competition in the market are expected to be announced by energy regulator Ofgem. The changes, which could be announced as soon as this week, are expected to force the big six – which have their own power stations – to auction up to a fifth of their generated output on the open market to make it easier for new players to enter the market.

10 Independent coalition energy review backs more nuclear power (edie.net). ... RenewableUK's chief executive, Maria McCaffery, called the nuclear assumptions 'optimistic'. She said: "While the industry has been reassured by the CCC's confidence that 2020 targets are achievable, it has called for a realistic assessment of costs and constraints, and a level playing field for all forms of technologies. "It has also reminded that a host of studies has predicted a fall in the cost of delivery for offshore wind, while some of the current costs of delivering nuclear remain optimistic."

10 FC Government subsidy cut prompts solar outrage (The Independent). [Is the government serious about cutting emissions?]. See also Solar power battle looms as Government slashes subsidies (The Telegraph, 2011-06-09); 'We believed we had a winner' - funding dries up for community renewables (The Guardian, 2011-06-09).

9 Solar is ready now: 'ferocious cost reductions' make solar PV competitive (Climate Progress).

8 Soaring gas and food bills add to squeeze on household budgets (The Guardian). The energy secretary, Chris Huhne, said the latest price hike "underlies why the government is building an escape route from a high fossil fuel culture. "We need to get off the oil price hook and on to clean, green growth."

8 Fukushima nuclear plant may have suffered 'melt-through', Japan admits (The Guardian).

6 Nuclear gravy train starts to roll (Michael Meacher MP, blog).

6 Nuclear expensive and uninsurable – cost on par with German solar (Renewable Energy Focus). See also Nuclear expensive and uninsurable say studies (Paul Gipe, 2011-06-03) and Nuclear expensive and uninsurable say studies (Wind-works.org, 2011-06-03). "The 186-page report, 2010 Comparative Costs of California Central Station Electricity Generation, found that a 1,000 MW Pressurized Water Reactor would generate electricity in 2018 from as little as $0.17/kWh to as much as $0.34/kWh. ... A 1999 report for the European Commission, ExterneE, on the externalities of energy found that the external cost of nuclear power was €1.80/kWh ($2.59/kWh) largely due to the cost of insurance."

6 PO Voters to Lib Dems: live up to your nuclear promise! (Greenpeace UK press release). "On the eve of a vital vote on taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power, we've published the results of an exclusive opinion poll which shows that the majority of people - 46 per cent - oppose any future subsidy for the nuclear power industry - compared to less than a third who support it (32%)." See also Greenpeace poll reveals Lib Dem nuclear anger (edie.net, 2011-06-07).

4 PO French Greens demand nuclear halt to back Socialists (AlertNet). "An opinion poll releaded on Saturday showed that just over three-quarters of French citizens support a gradual withdrawal over the next 25 to 30 years from nuclear technology. According to the survey by pollsters Ifop, only 22 percent of people surveyed supported the construction of new nuclear power stations, while 15 percent favoured a swift decommissioning and 62 percent a gradual one. Supporters of the Greens and the Socialists were both 86 percent in favour of shutdowns, while even followers of the ruling conservative UMP party were 63 percent in favour." See also French want to abandon nuclear (The Connexion, 2011-06-06).

3 Solar energy potential underestimated, says Greg Barker (The Guardian).

1 Nuclear phaseout could spell disaster for German energy giants (Der Spiegel).

May

31 Scotland wants German-style nuclear shutdown, says SNP (The Scotsman). See also Leader: SNP must come clean on true cost of renewable energy (The Scotsman, 2011-05-31); SNP’s green vision boosted by German nuclear exit (The Herald, 2011-05-31). "Mike Weir, the party’s energy spokesman at Westminster, said it was time the UK Government followed suit."

30 Britain urged to scrap nuclear reactor plans (Metro).

30
Germany pledges nuclear shutdown by 2022 (The Guardian). See also Germany to shut all nuclear reactors (The Guardian, 2011-05-30).

29 
SNP hopes a new wave can carry Scotland to independence (The Observer).

26 Solar may be cheaper than fossil, nuclear power in five years, GE says (Bloomberg). The cost of solar cells, the main component in standard panels, has fallen 21 percent so far this year, and the cost of solar power is now about the same as the rate utilities charge for conventional power in the sunniest parts of California, Italy and Turkey, the London-based research company said.

25 Berlakovich launches anti-nuclear alliance in Europe (press release from Austria's Lebensministerium). Ten nuclear-free countries of Europe as a guest in Vienna to discuss alternatives from nuclear power. See also 2011-04-10.

25 S Europe divided over nuclear power after Fukushima disaster (The Guardian). Scenarios such as aeroplane crashes and explosions near a plant such as from a gas container or oil tanker will be included in the stress test criteria, but, in a victory for London, the question of terror attacks is to be dealt with separately, by anti-terrorism experts and national security officials. ... "The reason why we excluded terrorism from the tests was mainly, although not 100%, down to UK resistance," an EU official said. "The UK authorities argued that there was a difference between safety and security."

25 Swiss cabinet agrees to phase out nuclear power (Reuters).

24 Italy moves a step closer to shelving new nuclear plants (The Guardian).

24 S Nuclear boss Sir Adrian Montague to head Green bank (The Telegraph).

24 S Nuclear power and flood defences in line for green investment bank cash (The Guardian).

24 The climate change threat to nuclear power (New Scientist).

23 S French PM asks audit office to analyze long-term nuclear costs (Platts).

22 Decision time if we want to keep the lights on (The Herald). Article by Tom Hopkinson, managing director of Taylor Hopkinson, a Glasgow-based renewables recruitment specialist.

22 Vestas considers return to UK with Kent wind turbine factory (The Guardian).

18 Wind is Japan's strongest alternative to nuclear (New Scientist). TWO months after the explosions and radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, has announced that the country will not build any new reactors.

16 RenewableUK says "no alternative to offshore wind" (Offshore Shipping Online). Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK's Chief Executive, said: "The report is welcome in as much as it recommends increasing the share of renewable energy to 40 per cent by 2030. "However, we are not going to get there if we do not stand four-square behind offshore wind in the run up to 2020. An unambitious target could scare off investors just when they have pledged so much commitment in establishing UK factories.... The current 2020 target for offshore wind is already below what the industry can deliver." and "... some of the current costs of delivering nuclear remain optimistic."

"This in turn could stymie delivery of targets and prevent the creation of up to 50,000 jobs in offshore wind over the next decade."

16 Nuclear giants eying up much greater slice of wind market (iStockAnalyst).

16 FC S UK breaks promise on nuclear power subsidies, say MPs (BBC News). The report says the government is hampered by a coalition agreement that pledges to allow new nuclear power stations to be built "provided that they receive no public subsidy". But the nuclear industry has refused to build new power stations without further inducements, so ministers are proposing long-term contracts at a guaranteed price for nuclear power. They are also proposing to address another problem for nuclear - the low price of carbon credits in the EU emissions trading market. Low carbon prices favour fossil fuel generators. So ministers are planning to introduce a floor price below which carbon permits will not be allowed to sink - any shortfall will be covered by revenue raised by taxation. The government intends that both policies will benefit renewables too. Both policies will keep electricity prices higher than they would have been without the intervention to favour nuclear. See also MPs attack government's covert subsidies for nuclear industry (The Guardian, 2011-05-16); "Ministers believe that new nuclear could play a key role in keeping the lights on and meeting our climate change targets, but they don't want to own up to supporting it," said Tim Yeo, Tory chairman of the energy and climate change committee, which produced the report. "This is understandable given the promise they made not to subsidise nuclear, but it would be deeply irresponsible to skew the whole process of electricity market reform simply to save face."; "Coalition should be up-front about nuclear subsidy" says Committee (press release from Energy and Climate Change Committee, 2011-05-16); The Government risks distorting its planned reform of the electricity market merely to save political face over implicit subsidies for nuclear power, MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee warn in a report out today; MPs warn over subsidies for nuclear power (press release from Friends of the Earth, 2011-05-16); MPs' hidden nuclear power station subsidy claim (BBC News, 2011-05-16).

13 Japan’s nuclear turnaround to prompt renewables rush – HSBC (Environmental Finance).

11 Why nuclear power will never supply the world's energy needs (Physorg.com). In a future issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Australia, has concluded that nuclear power cannot be globally scaled to supply the world’s energy needs for numerous reasons. The results suggest that we’re likely better off investing in other energy solutions that are truly scalable.

11 Vestas signs option agreement for land at the Port of Sheerness, Kent in the UK (press release from Vestas). See also Mabey Bridge wind turbine factory opens in Chepstow (BBC News, 2011-05-12); Vestas says offer of 2,000 new UK jobs depends on energy policy (The Guardian, 2011-05-11).

11 Ethics Commission recommends swift German nuclear phaseout (Science). See also 'A reliable energy supply' without nuclear power (Der Spiegel, 2011-05-12).

11 Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned (The Guardian).

11 Nuclear power: If Japan and Germany don't need it, why does anyone? (The Guardian).

11 S Researchers calculate horrendous liability costs for nuclear power (Der Spiegel). This news report, in German, may be translated with Google Translate. A fairly quick human translation is here: Researchers calculate enormous liability costs for nuclear power plants (PDF). Many thanks to Maureen Zoerner for doing this translation. The organisations referred to in the article are Versicherungsforen Leipzig GmbH and Bundesverbands Erneuerbare Energie (BEE). The report and associated documents may be downloaded via links in Actuarial science shows: NPP are not insurable - adequate liability insurance premiums would make nuclear power uneconomical (press release from BEE, 2011-05-11). The files may also be downloaded from our Reports and articles page.

10 Combating climate change with renewable energy investment (Investments in Energy). "... results from 2008 confirm that [renewable energy] has experienced an exponential increase despite the financial crisis that crippled the world’s money markets. According to experts, by 2012 the renewable energy sector will be one of the most profitable sectors across all categories. ... renewable energy investments in [2007] had, for the first time, overcome oil in terms of total quantity of investment made."

10 Japan to cancel plan to build more nuclear plants (New York Times).

10 Households offered £10,000 to improve energy efficiency (The Independent).

10 Japan scraps plan for new nuclear plants (New York Times). See also Japan says nuclear policy must be reviewed from scratch (Reuters, 2011-05-10); Japan to scrap nuclear power in favour of renewables (The Guardian, 2011-05-10); and Greenpeace statement on Prime Minister Kan’s scrapping of plans for new nuclear reactor builds (press release by Greenpeace International, 2011-05-10).

9 Response to CCC report: no alternative to offshore wind (RenewableUK press release). RenewableUK's Chief Executive, said: "The report is welcome in as much as it recommends increasing the share of renewable energy to 40% by 2030. However, we are not going to get there if we do not stand four-square behind offshore wind in the run up to 2020. An unambitious target could scare off investors just when they have pledged so much commitment in establishing UK factories. This in turn could stymie delivery of targets and prevent the creation of up to 50,000 jobs in offshore wind over the next decade." ... a host of studies has predicted a fall in the cost of delivery for offshore wind, while some of the current costs of delivering nuclear remain optimistic. ... The current 2020 target for offshore wind is already below what the industry can deliver.

9 WWF welcomes CCC renewables report, calls for more ambition (WWF press release). Keith Allott, Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK said: “Unfortunately, the Government and the Committee on Climate Change are basing their assumptions on highly optimistic and theoretical nuclear cost estimates. Given the industry’s history of massive cost overruns – now being repeated with new reactors in France and Finland – the view that nuclear is more cost-effective than renewables is highly contentious. The recent disaster in Japan and associated safety reviews can only lead to a further hike in nuclear costs and greater public opposition to new reactors and the Government needs to urgently switch its focus to the renewables solution.”

9 Big day for renewables (WWF, blog by Bronwen Smith Thomas). "Only with much clearer signals from the government on ambition for renewables will the clean tech industry be able to grow to its full potential, bringing massive benefits to the UK economy. ... we need strong commitment to renewable energy from the government in order to deliver the green economy. Nuclear power is an expensive and risky option that could crowd renewables out of the market."

9 Nuclear crutch needed says UK's Renewable Energy Review (Earth Times).

9 How Angela Merkel became Germany's unlikely green energy champion (The Guardian). German environment minister, Norbert Röttgen has pointed out that mass deployment of renewable energy technology will drive down costs. "When more people consume oil and coal, the price will go up, but when more people consume renewable energy, the price of it will go down"

9 Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study (The Guardian). See also Special report renewable energy sources (SRREN): summary for policy makers (IPCC, 2011-05-09) and the IPCC press release: Potential of renewable energy outlined - report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2011-05-09). Ramon Pichs, Co-Chair of the Working Group III, said: “The report shows that it is not the availability of the resource, but the public policies that will either expand or constrain renewable energy development over the coming decades."

9 Nuclear 'cheapest low-carbon option' for UK energy (BBC News). See also Climate change adviser warns of coming test for Cameron's green credentials (The Guardian, 2011-05-09) and EEF calls for rethink on renewable power (The Independent, 2011-05-09). The report may be downloaded via: The Renewable Energy Review (Committee on Climate Change, May 2011).

Solar energy has a bright future, according to 3 new studies (suite101.com).

4 Wave power 'says hello to 68,000 jobs' (Edinburgh Evening News).

4 Japan eyes changes in energy policy after nuclear catastrophe (Oil & Gas Journal).

4 Alex Salmond is king of the Scottish optimists (The Guardian).

4 Nuclear power in a post-Fukushima world (Reve, Amory Lovins). This is about a new report, Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World (PDF, 3.9 MB), by Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt, and Steve Thomas, April 2011.

3 France's Sarkozy denounces nuclear phase-out calls as 'medieval' (Platts).

3 Sellafield terror arrests prompt London police raids (The Guardian). See also Men arrested outside Sellafield released without charge (The Guardian, 2011-05-04).

2 Connie Hedegaard seeks renewable energy targets for 2030 (The Guardian). EU climate chief opens discussion about extending the targets and expresses concern at gas industry's lobbying.

2 UK marine energy sector 'could be worth £76bn and support 68,000 jobs' (The Guardian). The study [by the Carbon Trust], the most in-depth of its kind, found that total marine energy capacity could be 27.5 gigawatts in the UK by 2050, enough to supply more than a fifth of current electricity demand.

1 WCRE demands end to nuclear power generation (Commodities Now).

April

30 Unsafe at any dose (The New York Times, Helen Caldicott).

28 S Strip the subsidies from nuclear power (Letter from Dr Yousaf Mahmood Butt in the Financial Times).

27 It takes years to build a nuclear plant (Letter from Dr Gerry Wolff in the Financial Times).

26 CBI calls for end to delays on renewable energy (The Guardian). See also Businesses and campaigners attack coalition's environmental record (The Guardian, 2011-04-22), and Green failure for the UK is on the way, warns CBI (The Independent).

26 S The subsidy scandal (undated press release from Greenpeace).

25 The end of nuclear power (Project Syndicate, Roland Kupers).

25 Weatherwatch: UK nuclear power and tsunamis (The Guardian).

22 S Human cost of nuclear power too high - German minister (Reuters). "Nuclear energy may appear cheap at first glance, but the potential human costs of atomic power make it unaffordable over the long term, German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said in comments released Friday."

21 S As Fukushima bill looms, nations weigh dilemma: nuclear plants viable only when uninsured (Washington Post). "From the U.S. to Japan, it’s illegal to drive a car without sufficient insurance, yet governments around the world choose to run over 440 nuclear power plants with hardly any coverage whatsoever."

20 EPA data shows Fukushima Uranium in California (Low Level Radiation Campaign).

20 G Fossil fuel firms use 'biased' study in massive gas lobbying push (The Guardian). See also Shale gas: is it as green as the oil companies say? (The Guardian, 2011-04-20).

20 Radioactive spills and breakdown revealed at British nuclear plants (The Guardian).


20 The Chernobyl deniers use far too simple a measure of radiation risk (The Guardian, Richard Bramhall).

19 Solar companies take legal action over UK feed-in tariff cuts (The Guardian).

19 EnBW to spend $11 billion on renewable energy amid Germany's nuclear exit (Bloomberg).

18 What feed-in tariffs could do for Japan's electricity shortage (RenewableEnergyWorld.com).

18 S Help us close the nuclear subsidy loophole (Friends of the Earth).

15 S Nuclear risks (Letter from Donald Power in the Guardian).

13 S Fukushima evacuees demand compensation (The Guardian). "Despite the magnitude of the accident, and errors in Tepco's initial handling of the crisis, the government appears determined to ensure the firm's survival. Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported that Tepco and the government were considering placing a £15bn to £28bn cap on the company's liabilities to avoid financial ruin in the face of compensation claims that could reach £80bn."

12 G Shale gas 'worse than coal' for climate (BBC News).

12 Germany plans faster nuclear exit (Wall Street Journal).

12 Japan nuclear crisis upgraded to Chernobyl level (The Independent). "Hidehiko Nishiyama, a deputy director-general of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said the decision to raise the severity of the incident from level 5 to 7 - the same as the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986 - was based on cumulative quantities of radiation released."

11 BritNed power cable boosts hopes for European supergrid (The Guardian).

11 How nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiation (The Guardian).

11 Is Chris Huhne preparing for his second U-turn on nuclear? (The Telegraph).

10 Berlakovich is campaigning for EU Environment Council president for nuclear power phase-out (press release from Austria's Lebensministerium). See also 2011-05-25.

10 PO Blemishing "brand Japan" (The Economist). [The mere fact of investing in new nuclear may be damaging to "Brand UK".] Investment in renewables and demonstrating the power and reliability of renewables would be very positive for "Brand UK" - witness the recent FoE poll showing that 75% of people in the UK back investment in renewables and conservation of energy.]

6 I Solar power may already rival coal, prompting installation surge (Bloomberg).

6 I Siemens reconsiders its nuclear ambitions (Financial Times).

6 Meltdown: not just a metaphor (The Guardian, Joseph Stiglitz).

5 Japan faces more than a decade of nuclear clean-up (Nature News). "Experts fear that damage to the Fukushima reactors is worse than partial meltdown."

5 S Tokyo Electric Power Company turns toxic (The Guardian). The company may have to be nationalised [ie the Japanese government is underwriting the commercial risks of the company.]

4 S RPT-Japan nuclear crisis to trigger huge civil damages claims (Reuters). "Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimate that claims could top $130 billion if the crisis continues for two years."

4 S Loophole in energy bill could see UK taxpayers funding nuclear bailouts (The Guardian).

4 Viewpoint: Fukushima makes case for renewable energy (BBC News, Asia-Pacific, Antony Froggatt).

4 Nuclear radiation: There is no safe dose (ABS-CBN News).

1 417,000 cancers forecast for Fukushima 200 km contamination zone by 2061 (Low Level Radiation Campaign). See also The health outcome of the Fukushima catastrophe: Initial analysis from risk model of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, ECRR (PDF, Green Audit, Professor Chris Busby, 2011-03-31).

March

30 Will Vestas manufacture giant 7MW wind turbine in the UK? (Business Green).

30 "Prescription for Survival": A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott (Democracy Now!).

30 EDF warned to improve reactor maintenance (Financial Times).

29 Fukushima disaster causes fallout for nuclear industry worldwide (The Guardian). Some Tory MPs are convinced that Britain's energy mix must include nuclear power, to try to meet all the UK's energy needs while keeping a commitment to carbon emissions reductions. Some members of the Conservative benches think renewable energy sources would fail to make the weight if nuclear power were knocked out of the equation.

27 Liability for nuclear accidents - how is it handled? (Nuclear Engineering International).

27 A message for George Monbiot (Low Level Radiation Campaign).

26 Is nuclear power still the answer to our energy problems? (The Guardian). Debate between Caroline Lucas and George Monbiot.

25 Is Germany prepared? German nuclear plants not immune to security risks (Der Spiegel).

25 New nuclear plants for Britain confirmed (FM World). Chris Huhne says nuclear plans will go ahead (although investors may not be willing to invest).

25 Dr. Caldicott says Japanese nuclear crisis far from over (Laval News).

25 Chris Huhne faces legal challenge over nuclear link to cancer in children (The Guardian). See also Government faces high court challenge on nuclear power plans (Irwin Mitchell press release, 2011-03-25), Legal challenge filed to UK new nuclear power program (Platts, 2011-03-25) and Legal challenge to UK nuclear expansion plan (BBC News, 2011-03-25).

24 Exxon's algae biofuel ad banned over 'misleading' claims (EurActiv.com).

24 George Monbiot is wrong. Nuclear power is not the way to fight climate change (The Guardian, Jeremy Leggett).

24 Horizon's Wylfa promise (North Wales Chronicle).

23 S Nuclear cleanup goes to taxpayer, may spur liability shift (Bloomberg Business Week).

23 S Budget boosts nuclear in ‘green’ drive (Financial Times).

22 PO Public backs safer energy over nuclear (Friends of the Earth press release). Three-quarters of the public want new investment in renewable energy and energy saving according to a new poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth.

22 US nuclear safety in spotlight (Financial Times). Refers to a near-catastrophe at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio in 2002.

23 The business case against nuclear power (Wall Street Journal).

22 Survey: Americans want to hit the brakes on more nuclear power (Yahoo News).

21 Going critical (George Monbiot). "Yes, I still loathe the liars who run the nuclear industry."

21 GfK NOP poll for Friends of the Earth finds opposition to new UK nuclear power stations grows (Sustainable Guernsey). More than 75 percent think the Government’s top energy investment priority should be either renewable energy or energy savings in homes, business and industry. See also Opposition to new UK nuclear grows - new survey (Friends of the Earth press release, 2011-03-22).

19 Chris Huhne: Nuclear power may become less attractive option for UK (The Guardian). Tim Yeo, the Conservative chair of the environment and climate change select committee, said any such shift would be a huge mistake. "If Britain abandons or significantly delays its programme of building new nuclear power stations, there are three inevitable consequences. First, electricity prices will rise. Second, Britain will not be able to meet its carbon emission reduction targets. And third, the risk that the lights will go out will significantly increase. This is because other forms of low-carbon energy, such as solar or offshore wind, are more expensive than nuclear. Solar and wind are not reliable generators of electricity – on cloudy, still days they produce nothing. So they have to be backed up by reliable sources of power. If nuclear is not used, that means more gas or coal, both of which have far higher carbon emissions."

16 S Chance for people of Anglesey to quiz nuclear police (Holyhead & Anglesey Mail).

15 EU must consider nuclear-free future - Oettinger (Reuters).

14 Report: Non-nuclear clean energy to double by 2020 (USA Today).

11 Nuclear power is the reason for the new energy regulations (The Guardian, Catherine Mitchell).

11 Energy minister warns against nuclear skills crisis (Business Green).

11 Carbon floor price proposals 'will not build investor confidence' (LowCarbonEconomy.com).

10 Businesses express concerns over Electricity Market Reform (LowCarbonEconomy.com).

10 Renewable heating subsidy scheme to be unveiled (BBC News).

3 Pull the levers of power in the UK with Decc's new carbon calculator (The Guardian).

3 UK facing 1970s-style oil shock which could cost economy £45bn – Huhne (The Guardian).

1 S Subsidy assessment of waste transfer pricing for disposal of spent fuel from new nuclear power stations (Greenpeace press release). See also Subsidy assessment of waste transfer pricing for disposal of spent fuel from new nuclear power stations (PDF, report for Greenpeace UK by Ian Jackson, 2011-03-01) and Spent nuclear fuel disposal costs, prices and subsidies (video by Jackson Consulting, April 2011).

1 National Grid chief says 2011 is 'pivotal' year for UK energy market (The Guardian).

February

23 S After 50 years, nuclear power is still not viable without subsidies, new report finds (Union of Concerned Scientists). "Government subsidies to the nuclear power industry over the past fifty years have been so large in proportion to the value of the energy produced that in some cases it would have cost taxpayers less to simply buy kilowatts on the open market and give them away." See also Nuclear power: still not viable without subsidies (PDF, Union of Concerned Scientists, February 2011).

23 UK nuclear industry needs to learn from Europe and Asia to get new builds on line (KPMG press release).

21 S Nuclear industry gets university help (TheBusinessDesk.com).

21 Nuclear risk from plane crashes is higher than estimated, inquiry shows (The Guardian).

21 Trouble on the horizon (Nuclear Engineering International). On the surface, the UK’s nuclear new build programme has a serene inevitability about it. But rising construction costs and low and volatile electricity prices are indications that plenty could go wrong.

20 Clegg seizes reins of green bank project (Financial Times).

17 Chris Huhne speech to the Royal Geographic Society - "The Perfect Storm" (DECC press release).

14 Global solar power growth doubled in 2010: study (Reuters). "The added capacity in 2010 brought cumulative, global solar PV power to nearly 40 GW, up 70 percent from nearly 23 GW in 2009."

14 Energy bills to rise as nuclear gets £3.43bn for doing nothing (WWF-UK and Greenpeace press release).

10 Guardian roundtable: Creating a climate of prosperity (The Guardian). Prospects for offshore wind power in the UK.

9 British windfarms blow Vestas towards 25% profit rise (The Guardian).

6 Solar farms sucking up green subsidies as well as sun (The Observer).

4 The Energy Report: 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 (Policy Innovations). See also WWF press release.

4 Gamesa shortlists sites for wind turbine factory (The Independent).

3 S Nuclear power’s future remains heavily clouded (Financial Times). Letter from Professor R J Barry Jones.

1 Germany leads the PV market - for now (IEEE Spectrum). Germany installed 8.8 GW of PV in 2010 alone.

January

31 Government to develop 'Silicon Valley' for marine energy after Google guidance (The Telegraph).

27 'Sellafield is where we house the toxic legacy of our failed nuclear industry' (The Guardian).

27 Uncharted waters entice French group (Financial Times).

26 S EDF Energy response to third party liability rise (Newcastle Evening Gazette).

26 MPs 'sceptical' that nuclear power stations will be built on time (The Telegraph).

26 Efficiency could cut world energy use over 70 per cent (New Scientist). See also Reducing energy demand: what are the practical limits? (report by Jonathan M. Cullen, Julian M. Allwood, and Edward H. Borgstein ofthe Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge).

23 S Nuclear power generators will face £1bn in clean-up costs after an accident (The Observer). See also Seven-fold increase in liability for nuclear sites announced (DECC press release, 2011-01-24), Nuclear clean-up costs face big rise (FT, 2011-01-24). Comment: BP is likely to pay $41 billion or more for the Gulf oil disaster. From World Nuclear Association: "Germany has unlimited operator liability and requires €2.5 billion security which must be provided by the operator for each plant. This security is partly covered by insurance, to €256 million."

21 UK steps up plans for European energy 'supergrid' (The Telegraph).

20 Dreich skies can still drive a £200m solar panel energy scheme (The Scotsman).

20 S Green Investment Bank advised to offer nuclear-free bonds (Business Green).

20 France was net power importer on more days in 2010 amid cold (Bloomberg).

20 Renewables could supply 99.5% of power by 2050: Greenpeace (The Independent).

19 Solar now cheaper than nuclear: mO3 Power (Commodities Now). See also Solar power is now cheaper than nuclear (Reve, 2011-01-21).

17 Going "all the way" with renewable energy? (National Geographic).

13 S Green Investment Bank could help to build nuclear reactors (The Guardian).

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