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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.
  • TR - Transmission.


31 CA Blinded by the lights? (Morning Star, Alan Simpson). The government has made a dangerous assumption that back-up energy can be provided by ‘the market,’ says Alan Simpson.

27 Drones: the threat to nuclear plants (Newsweek).

26 LA Molly Scott Cato MEP in bid to challenge Hinkley C deal (Bridgwater Mercury).

24 Environment Agency investing pension fund in industries it regulates is 'clear conflict of interest' (The Independent).

24 The switch to renewable power is a battle we cannot afford to lose (The Guardian).

22 CA The UK capacity auction: a backdoor way of staving off the utility death spiral (Carbon Commentary).

19 CA Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will worsen energy 'trilemma' (IGov). See also New thinking: sugar plum fairies (IGov, 2014-12-19).

18 Austrians resist EU funding for UK's Hinkley Point nuclear project (EurActiv).

17 LA Green MEP challenges new Competition Commissioner over Hinkley (Molly Scott Cato press release).

18 All over the world, renewables are beating nuclear (The Ecologist).

16 Cheaper oil could damage renewable energies, says Richard Branson (The Guardian).

15 Austria to challenge UK government nuclear subsidies in European Court (Scottish Energy News).

14 Community energy would bypass the Big Six under Labour (The Independent).

14 CA LA EDF stands to rake in £3.3bn windfall from existing power plants (The Guardian). [Volker] Beckers, who has also just been made chairman of Reactive Technologies, a company which offers customers ways of reducing energy use, says demand reduction can be a better way of handling an energy crunch: “Demand side management is much cheaper than building new CCGI [Combine Cycle Gas Turbine plants] or even more expensive ones like nuclear.” [NP] Reactive Industries says it supports the legal challenge being mounted by Tempus Energy, which is taking the UK government to the European general court alleging that the new capacity market system violates state aid rules. [NP] Tempus claims that the DECC is unnecessarily locking in customers to a possible total of £2.5bn worth of annual costs by prioritising payments to power stations rather than demand reduction schemes.

14 Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities? (Millicent Media).

14 Revealed: 20 nuclear shutdowns per year (Herald Scotland).

12 Why we need an Energy Bill Revolution (E3G).

11 UK's €46 billion bid for EIB nuclear loan (The Ecologist). See also EU investment programme: € 100 billion for nuclear power? (Sun & Wind Energy, 2014-12-11).

9 Nuclear energy firms raise stakes in projects (Nasdaq). Nuclear energy companies are increasingly being asked to shoulder some of the cost of building new plants, as governments try to spread the risk involved in developing nuclear power.

9 'Boiler on prescription' scheme transforms lives and saves NHS money (The Guardian). Family doctors prescribing double glazing and loft insulation for patients living in cold, damp homes can transform lives and slash the huge sums spent by the NHS on cold-related ill health, a ground-breaking trial has shown.

8 Anglesey nuclear plant plans lack detail, council boss says (BBC News).

6 New solar 'cloth' to turn UK rooftops into batteries (The Telegraph).

4 Dissecting Germany’s new climate action plan (The Carbon Brief).

4 CA S 'Brave' legal challenge launched against UK capacity market (The Carbon Brief).

4 Subsidy-free solar power forecast for UK by 2020 (Scottish Energy News).

3 Fears that Hinkley nuclear plant is being delayed (ITV).

2 UK agrees finance guarantee deal for nuclear project (Reuters). Britain said on Tuesday it had agreed a preliminary deal to provide a financial guarantee to help fund the development of Europe's largest nuclear power project, in northwest England. See also New Cumbria nuclear plant moves another step forward (DECC, 2014-12-03).


30 Plan outlines low-carbon future for Germany (New York Times). Scientists have developed a comprehensive computer model that simulates German energy supply and demand, in a bid to establish whether it is feasible for Germany to rely on renewable energy sources to power its economy and meet its carbon dioxide emission reduction targets. ... Using real data from 2011 and 2012, the researchers have run millions of simulations to optimize the model. They say they have demonstrated that there are several economically viable ways to achieve a low-carbon future, using existing technologies.

27 Calls for Anglesey-wide evacuation drills in case of 'serious nuclear accident' (North Wales Chronicle).

26 The UK's farms can generate as much power as Hinkley C by 2020 - renewably! (The Ecologist, Jonathon Porritt).

25 Air pollution costs Britain £10bn a year, report shows (The Guardian).

24 Europe's nuclear giants are close to collapse (Climate News Network).

23 World bank to focus future investment on clean energy (The Guardian).

22 Nuclear power may not be needed, says top atomic advocate (The Telegraph).

21 Wave power firm Pelamis calls in administrators (BBC News).

21 Ineos dismisses nuclear as it unveils £1bn shale spree (The Independent). See also Billionaire founder of Ineos wants to start shale gas revolution in the UK (The Guardian, 2014-11-20).

19 Solar farms will still need subsidies far beyond 2020, industry admits (The Telegraph).

19 Hinkley Point C nuclear plant’s future in doubt as crisis hits shareholder (The Guardian).

12 More than 2,250 new jobs in British wind industry – annual investment hits £2.6 billion (RenewableUK press release).

12 Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs (The Guardian).

11 SFF Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year (The Guardian).

11 Europe’s nuclear future may hinge on UK’s Hinkley deal (Energy Post).

11 LEDs the fast-rising heroes of efficiency (RE New Economy).

7 Power to the people: a revolution in Britain’s energy market (The Independent).


30 'Unconstructable' Hinkley C could end UK's nuclear dream (The Ecologist).

29 The US city that has decided to go 100% renewable (RE New Economy).

27 Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat (The Ecologist).

27 We need to know cost of radioactive waste (The Independent, letter from Mark Hackett, Chair of UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities, scroll down).

27 Treasury rebuked by EU over hidden nuclear costs (The Independent).

24 Hand over power to your energy company - and cut your bills (The Telegraph).

24 Marks & Spencer builds UK’s largest rooftop solar panel network (The Guardian).

24 Why does UKIP back Brussels over new nuclear plants? (Morning Star, David Lowry).

23 CA Centrica boss attacks ‘contradictory’ UK power policy (The Guardian).

22 Cambridge nuclear engineer casts doubt on whether Hinkley Point EPR nuclear plant can be constructed (Carbon Commentary). 

21 Norway wants to be Europe’s battery (IEEE Spectrum).

20 Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018 (BBC News). But see Tunisia CSP 'ineligible' for UK CfD (Recharge, 2014-10-22).

18 Prudential backs £1bn tidal power project (The Telegraph).

17 Grid parity achieveable for EU renewables by 2018: report (RE New Economy).

17 Anti-nuclear group visits Fukushima disaster zone (The Daily Wales).

16 The rightwing case against nuclear power (Conservative Home).

16 CA TR Plans for 1,000 miles of subsea power lines to cut British energy bills (The Telegraph).

16 LA Hinkley Point C subsidy scheme being investigated by National Audit Office (The Guardian). See also EAC calls for Hinkley Point C inquiry (Utility Week, 2014-10-15).

15 Hinkley C will cost Britain dear - if it's ever built (The Ecologist, Keith Barnham).

15 UPDATE 3-France ousts pro-nuclear head of power group EDF (Reuters).

14 Desertec solar power project shareholders jump ship (The Guardian).

13 LA Labour calls for scrutiny of Hinkley deal ((Utility Week).

13 Alstom and DCNS get together to found a sector of excellence in the floating wind energy business (Alstom press release).

13 New floating wind turbine foundations being built In Germany (Clean Technica).

13 Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds (The Guardian). See also Renewables get fewer subsidies and are cheaper than dirty energies, Commission’s study shows (WWF).

13 LA Hinkley C deal likely to wipe out UK renewables spending (Dave Toke's blog).

13 Original nuclear phase-out was agreed in Germany in 2000 (Financial Times, letter from Patrick Graichen).

12 LA Ecotricity considers legal challenge over EU go-ahead for Hinkley Point C (The Observer).

11 MP Margaret Ritchie hits out over £16bn Hinkley nuclear plant (Belfast Telegraph).

10 Why does Farage back Brussels over new nuclear power plants? (Dr David Lowry).

10 Four wind farms off the Tay and Forth win approval (BBC News).

9 LA The European Commission’s nuclear decision threatens our clean energy future (Greenpeace International, Jan Haverkamp).

9 Nuclear power trumps democracy (The Ecologist).

9 LA Germany may consider legal action over EC’s Hinkley approval (Montel).

9 A corruption of governance? (Unlock Democracy and The Association for the Conservation of Energy).

8 LA Greens pledge to continue fight in wake of European Commission decision on Hinkley (Molly Scott Cato press release).

8 Global energy efficiency market ‘an invisible powerhouse’ worth at least USD 310 billion per year (International Energy Agency).

8 LA EU approves Hinkley Point nuclear power station as costs raise by £8bn (The Guardian).

8 LA Hinkley C gets the go-ahead - but will it prove a dodgy nuclear deal too far? (The Ecologist).

8 Sell-out on UK nuclear plan exposes Commission to legal challenges (Greenpeace EU).

8 Tougher energy efficiency target would boost UK economy by £62bn – study (The Guardian). The new figures were one part of a detailed European commission costs and benefit assessment for energy saving measures, which never saw the light of day. Environmentalists claim it was suppressed by the EU secretary general’s office to appease conservative European states and energy intensive industries that view efficiency as an expensive luxury.

8 LA State aid: Commission concludes modified UK measures for Hinkley Point nuclear power plant are compatible with EU rules (European Commission press release).

7 EU scraps plan to label tar sands oil as highly polluting (The Guardian).

7 LA EU nuclear deal will hit renewables (The Guardian).

6 UK wind power bests nuclear power – for a few symbolic minutes (The Guardian).

6 CA Coal, gas, nuclear plants jostle for capacity auction cash (Energy Live News).

5 A light bulb shows how solar and wind beat coal (Forbes).

5 Solar and wind plunging below fossil fuel prices (Ramez Naam).

5 LA Austria says will sue if EU regulator clears UK nuclear plant plan (Reuters).

3 Home solar plus a battery could be cheaper than the grid in Germany in just a few years (Climate Progress).

1 Leaked paper shows Commission could grant unprecedented taxpayer funding for Hinkley nuclear power station (Greenpeace EU Unit).

1 Sweden faces future without nuclear (World Nuiclear News).


30 Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India? (The Guardian).

29 First floating solar farm built in UK (The Guardian).

29 Japan installs 11 GW of renewable energy in two years (

29 Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants - a likely cause of childhood leukemia (Ecologist).

29 Nuclear protesters head for Japan to tell Hitachi to 'stay away from Anglesey' (Wales Online).

28 Farage and Putin help Hinkley Point clear EU hurdle and put UK's nuclear programme back on track (The Guardian).

25 UK solar could employ 50,000 people by 2020; worth £25.5 billion to the economy (Solar Power Portal).

25 LA Austria to launch legal challenge if EU approves British nuclear plan (The Telegraph).

24 LA Austrian minister for legal action against EU over UK nuclear plant (Daily Mail).

24 Technology revolution in nuclear power could slash costs below coal (The Telegraph).

24 LA Hinkley Point faces "full-blooded" challenge (Montel).

23 Global wind expert says offshore wind will be one of the cheapest UK energy sources by 2025 (Carbon Trust).

22 UPDATE 2-EU regulators say will approve British EDF nuclear project (Reuters).

19 The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy (Washington Post). Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years — as costs have been dropping. He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs. Energy usage will keep increasing, so this is a moving target.  But, by Kurzweil’s estimates, inexpensive renewable sources will provide more energy than the world needs in less than 20 years.  Even then, we will be using only one part in 10,000 of the sunlight that falls on the Earth.

17 EU regulators set to clear Britain's 19 billion euro nuclear project - sources (Reuters).

17 La CE va approuver le projet nucléaire d'Hinkley Point-sources (Reuters).

17 EU approves aid for Akw in the UK (Handelsblatt).

12 CA UK capacity market undermines demand-side response, says Yeo (Utility Week).

5 How to generate ‘negawatts’ through demand response (Utility Week).

3 Nuclear industry hides from public huge radiation spikes at power plant reactors

 (Natural News).


28 Stop Hinkley calls on EDF Energy to give up on obsolete Hinkley Point C (Stop Hinkley press release).

27 Denmark aims for 100% renewable energy (TCE Today).

27 Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution (The Guardian).

26 M Bombs ahoy! Why the UK is desperate for nuclear power (The Ecologist). ... now it's no longer plutonium we need - we have more than enough of that, with our 100 tonne plutonium stockpile. It is, rather, a supply of tritium that's needed. Produced as a by-product of operating nuclear power plants, it's essential to maintain supplies as it decays away at about 5% per year. ... The UK's military also needs high-enriched uranium as fuel for both Trident and hunter-killer nuclear submarines. The former are the deployment platform for the UK's nuclear missiles.

21 The saga of Hinkley Point C: Europe’s key nuclear decision (Energy Post). The measure that created most controversy then was the decision to fix the price for waste disposal at a level that would ensure the new developers would pay a “fair share” of the costs of waste disposal. There was ample scope for semantic disputes about what constituted a fair share—for example, would new developers pay only the marginal cost of expanding facilities to be built for existing (“heritage”) waste? From a presentational point of view, the price was either the minimum developers would pay even if actual costs were lower or the maximum they would pay even if costs were higher. The government claimed this did not constitute a subsidy, although given that effectively this represented a price guarantee given at no cost to the companies, this claim was hard to sustain. ... if the deal with EDF cannot be completed, for example, if it fails the state-aid inquiry, the Horizon consortium would be highly unlikely to proceed. In addition, it is proposing to build a design, the ABWR, which has not started the GDA process so Horizon would be unlikely to be in a position to start building much before 2020.

21 UBS: Time to join the solar, EV, storage revolution (RE New Economy). See also Why EVs will make solar viable without subsidies (RE New Economy, 2014-08-21).

20 Oil industry on borrowed time as switch to gas and solar accelerates (The Telegraph). Citigroup said solar already competes in the growing regions of the world on "pure economics" without subsidies. It has reached grid parity with residential electricity prices in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and the US southwest. Japan will cross this year, Korea in 2018. It forecast that even Britain will achieve grid parity by 2020, a remarkable thought for this wet isle at 51 or 52 degrees latitude. ... It is a fair bet that scientists will have conquered intermittency by the end of the decade, at which point the switch to renewables becomes a stampede. This is where great fortunes may be made, perhaps the mirror image of the wealth to be lost on fossil defaults.

19 CA Do we need capacity markets? Do we need Russia? (Energy Post).

15 Green energy co-ops blocked by government regulator (The Guardian).

13 United Kingdom: state aid – impact on nuclear new build in the EU (Mondaq).

10 Hinkley Point C innovation centre construction work to begin (BBC News).

6 How Tesla could pull more consumers off the grid (RE New Economy).


28 Most solar panels are facing the wrong direction, say scientists (The Telegraph).

25 Childhood leukemias near nuclear power stations: new article (Dr Ian Fairlie blog).

25 Poll: UK voters think renewable energy is best way to secure energy supply (Blue & Green Tomorrow). British voters from all four major parties think investing in renewable energy should be the government’s top priority for maintaining energy security, according to a new poll.

25 The nuclear industry isn't planning for the next unthinkable catastrophe (Greenpeace International). A new report from the US National Academy of Sciences says not enough is being done to prevent worst case scenario nuclear accidents. We agree.

24 Renewable energy sector reacts with anger to subsidy funding plans (Click Green). See also UK cap on renewable subsidies harms solar, says industry (PV Magazine, 2014-07-24). Under the controversial Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, the funds will be spread across three different pots of technologies. Large-scale solar has been grouped in Pot 1, where it must compete with onshore wind and conventional-waste-to-energy technologies for the £50 million ($85 million) per year allocated to it. Pot 2, in contrast, has been allocated the bulk of the monies – £155 million ($263 million) – and comprises less-established and more expensive technologies that must fight it out for the allocated funds. This decision has angered solar and renewable energy advocates in the U.K., who have accused the energy secretary, Ed Davey, of "stacking the deck against solar". ... Under a similar scheme, the U.K.'s nuclear industry has received close to £80 billion in subsidy backing ...

24 CA EU approves UK payments for renewables, capacity guarantees (

24 Offshore wind farms in doubt as subsidy pot can fund just one project (The Telegraph).

24 Communities could be paid £40m for considering nuclear waste dump (The Guardian).

24 CA Over £200 million boost for renewables (GOV.UK press release). The budget estimate comes after the European Commission confirmed yesterday that the Contracts for Difference, Capacity Market schemes, and five offshore wind projects supported by early Contracts for Difference, are in line with its rules on state aid.

23 Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think (RE New Economy).

22 Onshore wind power is now cheapest form of new electricity in Denmark (Climate Progress).

21 LEDs will slash energy use for lighting by 95% (RE New Economy). Around 19% of the world’s electricity demand is used for lighting; compared to just 3% goes to smelting aluminium ... Taking all this into consideration, according to the US Department of Energy SSL (Solid State Lighting) program ... we should be able to achieve wall plug efficiencies of 250 Lumens per watt by 2020 ... A conventional incandescent bulb gets 13 lumens per watt ... while a replacement LED bulb ... achieves 80 lumens per watt ... a compact fluorescent globe gets about 60 lumens per watt ...

16 Tidal lagoon power could add £27bn to UK economy (Utility Week). See also Renewable UK comments on new research showing value of tidal lagoons sector (Renewable UK press release, 2014-07-16).

15 An Taisce bid to take Hinkley Point C legal challenge to European courts (BBC News).

15 Offshore Wind Accelerator programme awarded £2.2m by Scottish Government (Edie Energy). The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme will receive more than two million pounds between 2014 and 2016 to support the commercialisation of floating offshore wind turbines and to improve wind farm maintenance and operations to reduce financial costs.

10 EDF nuclear deal is a bad economic bet (The Guardian).

9 Fossil industry is the subprime danger of this cycle (The Telegraph).

8 Should the UK government have signed up energy consumers to a 35 year £16 billion contract? ().

7 UK climate change policies have not harmed economy, report says (The Guardian).

7 Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete (The Guardian).

6 CA EDF in line for £800m windfall from subsidy scheme to keep lights on (The Observer). EDF, which operates most of Britain's nuclear power stations, could be in line for an £800m windfall via a loophole in a government subsidy scheme aimed at keeping the lights on at times of peak demand. ... If it is built, EDF's Hinkley Point C power plant will not be eligible for the capacity market as it will be subject to another, more generous subsidy scheme known as "contracts for difference" (CfD).

4 Barker admits to blurred lines over nuclear 'subsidy' (Solar Power Portal).

3 CA Capacity power schemes: High cost solution for non-existent problem (RE New Economy).

1 Gwynt-y-Mor: Final turbines installed at giant wind farm (Daily Post).


30 Toshiba seals nuclear deal (Utility Week). Toshiba has sealed a deal to take a majority stake in NuGen's Moorside nuclear project.

29 Energy experts call for Scotland to have power to escape nuclear (The Herald). See also Control of energy policy is needed (The Herald, 2014-06-29).

26 Wind and other renewables generated a fifth of Britain's electricity in early 2014 (The Guardian).

26 UK Energy Secretary challenged over costs of nuclear (NewsnetScotland).

25 Letter sent on 25 June by Jan Mládek, the Czech Republic's minister of industry and trade, to energy commissioner Gunter Oettinger (Czech Republic).

25 Breakthrough in solar panel manufacture promises cheap energy within a decade (The Independent).

23 MPs’ concerns mount over deals with China to run British nuclear power stations (The Independent).

21 Anglesey's Wylfa B Japan trip criticised (BBC News).

16 The West doesn’t need nuclear for energy independence (Al Jazeera).

13 Solar to be cheaper than French nuclear by end of decade, claims Greenpeace (PVTech).

12 State aid for Hungary’s Paks 2 Nuclear Plant breaches rule of law multiple times (Greenpeace Hungary). Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute and Greenpeace Hungary turn to European Commission. The planned financing of the new Paks nuclear plant constitutes an unlawful state aid, and breaches the European rule of law multiple times, says Energiaklub and Greenpeace. Therefore, Energiaklub filed a submission to the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, asking them to investigate the subsidy plan the Hungarian government constructed, and to take the necessary measures if needed. Greenpeace also filed a complaint to the Commission back in April. The two organisations have also requested an investigation by the Compliance Committee of the Aarhus Convention.

12 UK must take steps to tap cheaper overseas generators (Utility Week).

10 EDF may need $1.35 billion to extend life of each reactor (Bloomberg Business Week).

9 Europe's ageing nuclear reactors will have to undergo environmental assessments (The Ecologist, Jan Haverkamp).

6 US shale boom is over, energy revolution needed to avert blackouts (The Guardian).


28 European Energy Security Strategy (European Commission). "Electricity produced from nuclear power plants constitutes a reliable base-load electricity supply of emission free supply and plays an important role in energy security."

22 Plas Newydd: Heat from the sea to warm historic house (BBC News). "... running heat pumps when wind power output is high and demand low - on, say, a windy night - then storing heat in hot water cylinders or storage caverns could help solve the problems of variable output from renewables."

21 What if roads were made of solar PV panels? (

20 EU policymakers looking to boost energy savings target-sources (Reuters).

19 Solar panels solution to Scotland’s energy demands (The Scotsman).

17 Scotland to build first ever floating wind farm (The Scotsman).

16 UK's oil, coal and gas 'gone in five years' (BBC News).

14 80 percent of Brits support renewable energy (

13 Germany sets new record, generating 74 percent Of energy needs from renewable energy (Climate Progress). "... a recent analysis by the consulting firm Eclareon found that solar power has reached grid parity in Germany, meaning once all of the costs are accounted for, the price of commercial solar power is now equal to retail electricity rates."

12 German utilities want 'bad bank' for nuclear energy (DW).

8 State aid: Commission launches major initiative to modernise state aid control (European Commission, press release).

8 European Commission likely to find Hinkley aid illegal: Europe (Platts).

7 Anglesey: Government to look again at nuclear waste disposal policy after island reaction (Daily Post).

6 Hinkley Point nuclear power contract 'may be invalid' (BBC News). Former Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, who lectures at Cambridge, said the deal with EDF over a plant at Hinkley Point could be seen as an "unjustifiable subsidy" under EU law.

6 UK energy too cheap, says study (The Guardian).

1 Two thirds of people questioned in poll are in favour of wind projects (Wales Online).


23 Wind and solar generation half the cost of nuclear (RE New Economy).

19 Gas can spark prosperity if we work with EU (The Telegraph). ... the UK regulator Ofgem’s recent proposal to refer the energy supply and generation market for a full competition review ...

18 Inflatable turbines: the windfarms of the future? (The Telegraph).

17 DECC's triple for renewables (The Ecologist).

17 New solar, wind with gas back-up cheaper than new nuclear: German study (Platts). See also Renewable energy is much more cost effective than nuclear in the fight against climate change (Agora Energiewende, 2014-04-17).

16 The truth about the UK’s community energy potential (Good Energy).

16 North Wales nuclear waste burial plan (Daily Post).

15 Up to 1,000 times more methane released at gas wells than EPA estimates, study finds (Climate Progress).

14 Subsidies for European nuclear fuel manufacturers (World Nuclear News).

14 Study on health impact of new Wylfa nuclear plant (NewsWales).

10 Nuclear industry says weak carbon price justifies state funding (Reuters). [The Commission] issued new funding guidelines on Wednesday, which replace renewable subsidies with a market-based system of open tenders. The new rules omitted nuclear energy, meaning any plans to fund new nuclear generation will be assessed by the Commission on an individual basis.

10 ČEZ cancels Temelín tender after government says no to guarantees (Radio Praha). See also UPDATE 1-Czech president wants new tender for nuclear project (Reuters, 2014-04-10).

9 German renewable energy act reform is not a “feed-in tariff 2.0” (World Future Council).

9 Minister sought to dissuade MSP from role in EU inquiry (Herald Scotland). See also Attempts to freeze Scotland out of investigation (SNP, 2014-04-04).

8 Hinkley C - a nuclear subsidy too far (The Ecologist, Paul Dorfman).

7 Nuclear subsidies and Hinkley C challenged (The Daily Wales).

6 Big business dodges nuclear clean-up bills (Herald Scotland).

4 Solar farms 'will not spread unrestricted across British countryside' (The Guardian). See also The UK’s rooftops to become power stations (DECC press release, 2014-04-04).

4 Nuclear power - the Hitachi ABWR is not justified (The Ecologist).

4 European Commission inquiry to examine if UK State Aid for two new power plants is inline with EU legislation (UCL Energy Institute). See also Response to European Commission consultation, 2014-04-04.

3 Gas company special payments dwarf constraint payments to windfarms (The Guardian). National Grid made special payments of £300m over the last 12 months to big energy companies – sometimes for switching off their power stations in an attempt to "balance" the system. The huge payout dwarfs the £37m paid to windfarms to remain offline over the same period to the end of February – a figure used by critics to question the advisability of supporting renewable energy.

2 Paper: Construction cost overruns of Olkiluoto reactor rival skyscrapers, Pyramids and Taj Mahal (Bellona).


27 An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - today successfully obtained leave to take its Hinkley Point legal challenge to the Court of Appeal in London (An Taisce press release).

27 Britain one of the lowest producers of renewable energy in the EU (The Independent).

27 Nuclear will add 'considerable cost' to energy bills (Newsnet Scotland).

27 Hinkley Point faces challenge from Irish National Trust (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

25 Fracking won't crack our dependence on Russian gas imports (The Guardian, John Sauven).

25 Time to back renewables policy with finance (The Scotsman).

25 Italy, Spain, Germany hit commercial solar grid parity in 2013 (RE New Economy).

25 E.ON threatens premature closure of nuclear plant (RE New Economy).

25 Europe's new nuclear experience casts a shadow over Hinkley (The Guardian).

25 Siemens wind farm factory to create 1,000 UK jobs (The Telegraph).

24 UK government reviews Russian nuclear deal (Argus).

23 Small firms urge break-up of Big Six energy giants (The Telegraph). The Federation of Small Businesses and the consumer watchdog Which? have called for the “Big Six” energy companies to be broken up, adding pressure on regulators to refer the energy companies to competition authorities this week. The trade group, which represents 200,000 small firms, has written to regulators in a joint letter with Which? demanding a full scale competition inquiry into the UK energy market.

23 Opinion: European Commission is right to demand Ed Davey and the Coalition re-thinks on nuclear power (Liberal Democrat Voice, Andrew Warren).

23 Exclusive: Renewable energy from rivers and lakes could replace gas in homes (The Independent).

22 Pressure mounting over £16bn nuclear site for Hinkley Point (The Independent).

21 Regulators may launch investigation into big six energy companies next week (The Guardian).

21 Nuclear industry hopes Ukraine crisis to boost business in Europe (Reuters).

21 Tidal lagoon power 'cheaper than wind' (The Guardian). See also Lagoons ‘competitive’, claims Pöyry (RE News, 2014-03-21).

20 Wind industry’s new technologies are helping it compete on price (New York Times).

20 UN warning over nuclear power plant (Yahoo News). See also Hinkley: UN has "profound suspicion" of government over nuclear plans (Heart, 2014-03-20). The United Nations has accused the UK Government of suspicious actions over plans to develop its first nuclear power station in a generation in Somerset.

20 France’s nuclear power generation cuts due to increased wind and solar output (Enformable Nuclear News).

20 George Osborne is preparing to kill off Britain's renewable energy revolution (The Guardian).

19 Glastonbury Council urges Hinkley opposition (South West Green Party).

18 Letter from the UK's Environmental Audit Committee to the European Commission (DG Competition).

18 EDF's Hinkley Point returns 'substantially higher' than other projects (The Telegraph).

16 Japan’s first new geothermal power plant in 15 years to open next month (The Telegraph).

16 Fallon begs green firms to lobby for nuclear deal (Sunday Times).
Anger as minister pleads for backing in EU probe over huge Hinkley subsidies.

15 PAWB Anti Wylfa B campaigners announce public meeting (The Daily Wales).

14 Convention on environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context (United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe, Implementation Committee).

14 Plymouth Energy Community's solar share scheme backed by council (The Independent).

12 CAMECO - stop promoting radiation junk science (Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia)).

11 European Commission: Hinkley C subsidies are unfair State Aid (The Ecologist).

11 Nottingham City Council to set up energy firm to rival 'big six' (Edie Energy).

11 NPD Solarbuzz upgrades UK PV market forecast to 2.5GW in 2014 (Solar Power Portal).

11 Wylfa B: Anti-nuclear campaigners stage protest on Menai Suspension Bridge (Daily Post).

11 Russian state nuclear firm in talks to build power station in the UK (The Guardian).

10 EDF to miss its own deadline for Hinkley Point nuclear decision as EC state aid investigation drags on (The Telegraph). See also Hinkley Point decision delay is no surprise given the history (The Telegraph, 2014-03-10).

9 Lessons of Fukushima still to be learned – International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group “INRAG” founded (International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group, press release).

8 Let the sun shine (The Economist). The future is bright for solar power, even as subsidies are withdrawn.

7 Work begins on £1bn link between Hunterston and Connah's Quay (BBC News).

7 State aid - UK: Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (European Commission).

6 PAWB announce rally to commemorate Fukishima disaster (Daily Wales).

4 How the IEA exaggerates the costs and underestimates the growth of solar power (Energy Post).

4 Hinkley Point C deal comes at massive and unjustified cost to consumers says watchdog (Utility Week).

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 Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, Stanford-led study says (Stanford News).

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).

14 Which? calls for power sector reforms after big six receive 5.5m complaints in a year (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.

7 UPDATE 1-EU wants to decide Hinkley nuclear case by year-end (Reuters).

6 UK 'still to notify EC on back-end nuclear waste management plan': DECC (Platts).

6 World's largest power-generating lagoon planned for Swansea Bay (The Guardian).

6 Contingent liability: indemnification by the nuclear decommissioning authority (

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 Natural gas isn’t a bridge fuel, it’s a gateway drug (

3 Solar panels better than a pension, says minister (The Telegraph).

2 Ireland's rural protests over wind energy (BBC News).

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 (

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).

21 Energy efficiency must be on par with HS2 and airport expansion decisions (Edie Energy).

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 (

16 Joaquín Almunia attacks UK and US over phone tapping claims (Financial Times).

15 BP study predicts greenhouse emissions will rise by almost a third in 20 years (The Guardian).

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? (

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? (