News releases, articles and letters

News releases

  • 2013-05-31. NO VALID JUSTIFICATION FOR SUBSIDISING NUCLEAR POWER.
    • Energy Fair claims 'explosive PV growth' set to outstrip nuclear (HeatingandVentilating.net, 2012-11-19).

    • Report: ‘Explosive’ UK PV growth will diminish need for nuclear (Solar Power Portal, 2012-11-16).

    • UK: Renewables eliminate need for nuclear power (PV Magazine, 2012-11-14).

    • Renewable energy boom is creating a shrinking market for nuclear power (Click Green, 2012-11-13).

    • The disappearing market for nuclear electricity - report (Yahoo! Finance, 2012-11-13).

    • The disappearing market for nuclear electricity -- report (Sys-Con Media 2012-11-13

  • 2012-11-06. NUCLEAR POWER MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OFFSHORE WIND POWER—NEW CALCULATIONS. This has been quoted by  Martin Horwood MP, in a speech in the UK Parliament in a debate about subsidies for nuclear power on 2013-02-07. Here is the relevant extract:

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 per MWh, which is much more than the cost of offshore wind power at £140 per MWh or that of onshore wind power at less than £90 MWh. If EDF has done similar sums—there have been rumours in the industry of asks as high as £165 per MWh for the strike price—that raises the extraordinary possibility that nuclear power, a mature and not very competitive industry started in 1956, might be asking for a strike price comparable with or even higher than that of the newly emerging wind industry.

Some of the news reports arising from this news release:
    • Nuclear power much more expensive than offshore wind power - new calculations (EIN News, 2012-11-06).

    • Britain's nuclear push may stall as risks mount (Reuters, 2012-11-07). Energy Fair, a research group of energy economists opposed to nuclear, said in a report last month that the true cost of nuclear could even be over 200 pounds per MWh once "hidden subsidies" are taken into account. The research group said these would include government allocations of public money to limit its liability for accidents, offset the cost of nuclear waste and decommission power stations.

    • New calculations show nuclear is "much more expensive" than offshore wind power (Renewable Energy Focus, 2012-11-06).

    • Nuclear: The path to power (Building.co.uk, 2012-06-08). But the whole system is subject to a legal challenge at the European Commission by protest group Energy Fair. Gerry Wolff, leader of the group, says: “The proposed ‘contracts for difference’ is a blank cheque to a nuclear industry that is already heavily subsidised.” Energy Fair’s complaint centres on the argument that guaranteeing returns to particular generating technologies, including nuclear, doesn’t meet with European competition rules. Although the government is still in discussions with the Commission to ensure its system is permissible, it is not clear when this will be fully resolved.
    • Subsidies for new nuclear reactors are a “bet the farm” investment (Enformable Nuclear News, 2012-05-24).

    • Poor people will foot the bill for nuclear white elephants (Market Oracle, 2012-05-24).

      • Poor people will foot the bill for nuclear white elephant. By Dr. Gerry Wolff (Pakistan Christian Post, 2012-05-24).

      • Poor people will foot the bill for nuclear white elephants (Zawya, 2012-05-24).

      • Poor will pay for UK's nuclear white elephants, says energy group (One World Group, 2012-05-23).

    • 2012-03-27. NEW-BUILD NUCLEAR POWER: A HIGH-RISK GAMBLE 

      • Some of the news reports arising from this press release are shown on News reports arising from "New-build nuclear power: a high-risk gamble".

      • The latest version of the report may be downloaded via The financial risks of investing in new nuclear power plants (PDF). The first version of the report is here (PDF).

      • There is an Arabic translation of the news release here (PDF).

    • January 2012. LEGAL BID TO HALT NUCLEAR CONSTRUCTION 
      • There has been extensive coverage of this news release around the world, including news reports by the BBC and the Guardian. To save space on this page, details of news reports are given on a separate page: News reports arising from "Legal bid to halt nuclear construction".

      • There is an Arabic translation of the news release here (PDF).
    • 2011-11-07. Lawyers say nuclear subsidies may be unlawful, English (PDF), Arabic (PDF).

      • Lawyers say nuclear subsidies may be unlawful (ResponseSource, 2011-11-16).
      • Lawyers say nuclear subsidies may be unlawful (Green Living Review, 2011-11-16).

      • Green groups make second formal complaint to Brussels over nuclear subsidies (Utility Week, 2011-11-10). See also Decc confident nuclear contracts are not illegal under state aid rules (Utility Week, 2011-12-07).

      • Energy Fair lawyers say proposed nuclear subsidies in UK may be unlawful (News Blaze, 2011-11-08).
    • 2009-11-07. In response to information posted on mailing lists:

      • The potential of renewables (Mabinogogiblog).

    • 2009-10-29: The real cost of nuclear power disguised by subsidies.

      • Cost of nuclear power 'disguised by subsidies' (OneWorld.net).

      • Real cost of nuclear power disguised by subsidies (News Blaze).

    • 2011-02-23: A complaint to the European Commission about subsidies for nuclear power.

    Articles

    • Subsidies for nuclear power (PDF, in Wirtschaftspolitik, pp 12-13, article by Gerry Wolff, 2013-09-16).

    Letters to the press

    • 2012-05-25. Letters from Pete Roche and Gerry Wolff, published in the Independent (scroll down to the heading "Nuclear plants not vital to the future of Britain").
    • 2010-01-10. Letter sent to Financial Times.

    • Some published letters.

    See also:

    • Letter from Dave Clubb in Physics World, 2006.

    Letters to politicians

    • In late March / early April 2012, all MEPs and all UK MPs were sent personalised emails, each with a copy of our press release: NEW-BUILD NUCLEAR POWER: A HIGH-RISK GAMBLE.

    Other letters

    • In late April 2012, copies of our report on The financial risks of investing in new nuclear power plants (PDF) were sent to the CEOs of nuclear companies, ratings agencies and other relevant companies. A sample copy of our covering letter may be seen here.