Reports and articles


  • Helen Caldicott: Fukushima's ongoing impact (Helen Caldicott, You Tube, 2014-10-13).
  • Energy subsidies: Government response to the Committee's Ninth Report of Session 2013–14 (House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, 2014-02-26).

  • World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013 (WNISR) (World Nuclear Report, Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt, with Komei Hosokawa, Steve Thomas, Yukio Yamaguchi, Julie Hazemann, 2013-07-11). Nuclear power generation experienced a record drop of 7 percent in 2012.
  • The real lessons of Fukushima (PDF, Gordon Taylor, G T Systems, 2012-04-11).
  • The case for and against onshore wind energy in the UK (PDF, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, June 2012).It has been argued that efficient combined cycle gas power plants may be a cheaper way of meeting our 2020 carbon reduction targets. However, it is clear that the further decarbonisation required in the 2020s cannot be achieved by heavily relying on unabated gas power stations. Rational policy-makers need to anticipate this and avoid locking in high-carbon electricity generation.
  • Briefings by Tom Burke, Tony Juniper, Jonathon Porritt, Charles Secrett (former directors of FoE UK):

  • Nuclear power in a post-Fukushima world (Worldwatch Institute, 2011). Authors: Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt, Steve Thomas. Annual renewables capacity additions have been outpacing nuclear start-ups for 15 years. ... As of April 1, 2011, there were 437 nuclear reactors operating in the world — seven fewer than in 2002.
  • Estimating the disposal costs of spent fuel (Nuclear Engineering International, October 2011, pp 45-46).

  • Nuclear power: the renaissance that wasn’t (Physicians for Social Responsibility, December 2011 and ongoing).
  • Temelinomics (Candole Partners, January 2012).

  • Germany's energy turnaround - a collective effort for the future (PDF, Ethics Commission on a Safe Energy Supply, on behalf of Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, May 2011).
  • Restructuring electricity supply in Germany (PDF, German Federal Environment Agency, May 2011).

  • Subsidies and external costs in electric power generation: a comparative review of estimates (PDF, International Institute for Sustainable Development, September 2011).
  • Renewables 2011: global status report (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), PDF, August 2011).

  • The hidden costs of nuclear power: UK’s route to its 2050 low carbon target (Ente Consulting Ltd, 2011-06-10). Refers to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2009 and, in particular, to Section III.6.4 (page 81), written by Steve Thomas at the University of Greenwich, which provides a historical review of nuclear subsidies within the UK.

  • Common concerns about wind power (PDF, Centre for Sustainable Energy, May 2011).
  • 2010 Comparative Costs of California Central Station Electricity Generation (California Energy Commission, January 2010). "[The report] 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." (Nuclear expensive and uninsurable say studies, Wind-works.org, 2011-06-03).

  • ExternE - externalities of energy. A research project for the European Commission, 1995. "A [1995] 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." (Nuclear expensive and uninsurable say studies, Wind-works.org, 2011-06-03). Allowing for inflation between 1995 and 2011, the external cost of nuclear power would be about €2.69 per kWh.

  • Researchers calculate horrendous liability costs for nuclear power (Der Spiegel, 2011-05-11). In summary, research by a company specialising in actuarial calculations shows that full insurance against nuclear disasters would would increase the price of nuclear electricity by a range of values—€ 0.14 per kWh up to € 2.36 per kWh—depending on assumptions made. See also True cost of nuclear examined in new study (PV Magazine, 2011-05-11).

    The first 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 this. The organisations referred to in the article are Versicherungsforen Leipzig GmbH and Bundesverbands Erneuerbare Energie (BEE). A full English version of the report may be downloaded via Calculating a risk-appropriate insurance premium to cover third-party liability risks that result from operation of nuclear power plants (PDF, 1.4 MB). The report in German containing the new calculations, 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). Copies of the documents (which may be translated with Google Translate) may also be downloaded here:

  • Special report renewable energy sources (SRREN): summary for policy makers (IPCCC, 2011-05-09).

  • Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World (PDF, 3.9 MB), by Mycle Schneider, Antony Froggatt, and Steve Thomas, April 2011.

  • A brief opinion on the incidents, developing situation and possible eventual outcome at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants (PDF, John Large for Greenpeace Germany).

  • 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). See also Spent nuclear fuel disposal costs, prices and subsidies (video by Jackson Consulting, April 2011).

  • 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). 417,000 cancers forecast for Fukushima 200 km contamination zone by 2061.

  • The UK carbon price floor: how to enhance its credibility with investors (PDF, Climate Change Capital, March 2011).

  • Nuclear power: still not viable without subsidies (Union of Concerned Scientists, February 2011).

  • Liability for nuclear damage (World Nuclear Association).

  • Reports and articles about the cost of nuclear power may be found in Nuclear costs and subsidies.

  • "Evaluating the Feasibility of Meeting All Global Energy Needs with Wind, Water, and Solar Power, Part I: Technologies, Energy Resources, Quantities and Areas of Infrastructure, and Materials", M. Z. Jacobson and M. A. Delucchi, Energy Policy, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.040 (2010).

  • "Evaluating the Feasibility of Meeting All Global Energy Needs with Wind, Water, and Solar Power, Part II: Reliability, System and Transmission Costs, and Policies", M. A. Delucchi and M. Z. Jacobson,Energy Policy, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.045 (2010).

  • "A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030", M. Z. Jacobson and M. A. Delucchi, Scientific American, November, pp. 58-65 (2009).UCD-ITS-RP-09-31.

  • Low carbon revolution: Wales’ energy policy statement (PDF, Welsh Assembly Government, March 2010).

  • NFLA analysis of UK Government's National Energy Policy Statements:

    • New Nuclear Monitor: Issue 23 - considers the UK Government's reconsultation on its suite of national energy policy statements - particualry the over-arching statement and the nuclear power generation statement (December 2010)

    • New Nuclear Monitor: Issue 19 - NFLA overview of Government's National Policy Statement on Nuclear Power Generation (February 2010)

    • NFLA response to UK Government’s National Energy Policy Statements consultation (February 2010).

  • Myths about nuclear power, Heinrich Boll Stiftun. Includes reports by Stephen Thomas and Antony Froggatt.

  • Legal study for the accession of Euratom to the Paris Convention on third party liability in the field of nuclear energy (PDF, 780 KB, Final Report: TREN/CC/01-2005, December 2009).

  • No nukes (CommonDreams.org, article by Ralph Nader, 2010-02-13).

  • The sale of the Government’s interest in British Energy (National Audit Office, 2010-01-22). Contains information and comments about the need for subsidies for new-build nuclear power.

  • Chernobyl: consequences of the catastrophe for people and the environment (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, December 2009). This is a collection of papers translated from the Russian with some revised and updated contributions. Written by leading authorities from Eastern Europe, the volume outlines the history of the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Although there has been discussion of the impact of nuclear accidents and Chernobyl in particular, never before has there been a comprehensive presentation of all the available information concerning the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants, especially those emitted from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

  • Climate change: have we lost the battle? (PDF, 1.1 MB, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, November 2009).

    • Comment on this report (letter sent to Guardian newspaper, 2009-11-13).

  • The high cost of nuclear power (PDF, 830 KB, Maryland PIRG Foundation, March 2009).

  • New Nuclear – the economics say no; UK green lights new nuclear – or does it? (PDF, 144 KB, report from Citigroup Global Equities Online, 2009-11-09).

  • New nuclear power: implications for a sustainable energy system (PDF, Catherine Mitchell and Bridget Woodman, Green Alliance, March 2006).

  • The Economics of Nuclear Power (Greenpeace International, 2007-12-05). Written by Stephen Thomas, Antony Frogatt, Peter Bradford and David Milborrow.

  • Nuclear Renaissance and the subsidy issue, Dr Doerte Fouquet, 2005.

  • Energy Rich Japan, report commissioned by Greenpeace International and Greenpeace Japan, October 2003. Japan may obtain all of its energy from renewable sources.
  • The funding mechanism of Euratom, Antony Froggatt, 2001.

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