The story we published on Friday comparing the costs of new nuclear, now that they have been defined by contract signed by the UK Government for the construction of the $24 billion Hinkley C facility – with clean energy alternatives such as wind and solar, certainly generated a lot of interest, and comment. Since then, we have received an analysis from Deutsche Bank, which makes some other observations about the cost of nuclear, the comparisons with gas, the price of abatement, and the cost of upkeep for France’s existing fleet. The first point made by Deutsche is that this deal underlines the fact that nuclear is not cheap, but really, really expensive – a point that should not be forgotten in Australia, where there is still a push for nuclear in some quarters despite the abundant alternatives (in particular solar) that are not available to the UK. As we have noted in the other article, the £92.50/MWh strike price is nearly double the current average cost of generation in the UK. Nuclear energy verdict: Costly, slow and very high maintenance
Looming large over the UK Government's EU state aid application for Hinkley C is the charge that this deal will distort the EU's internal market, in particular to undercut solar pv arrays in Germany over 10 MW in size. Such arrays are no longer eligible to receive premium prices under the German feed-in tariff system. Such plant will only receive the wholesale electricity price, which is less than half the rates to be paid to Hinkley C. Even the German feed-in rates for smaller solar pv arrays have been reduced to well below the contract price being offered to EDF etc in the UK (see link at the bottom of this post). In addition, even in the UK the value of the incentives for British community wind power are in practice much lower than what is being offered to Hinkley C. Dave Toke's green energy blog: Hinkley C to be paid more than twice as much as German solar pv arrays
Radiation Level Spikes At Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Site Health Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Nathan The slow death-march of the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues onwards — new reports have revealed that radiation levels over eighteen times higher than any previously reported at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant were recently registered at one of the plant’s water storage tanks. The extremely high radiation levels have once again brought the Fukushima disaster to the public’s attention, but as you can no doubt guess, regardless of whether the disaster is in the news or not, the situation is not improving, and the prospect of getting the disaster under control anytime soon is looking more and more impossible. The nuclear power plant’s operator — Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) — reported that radiation levels were so high near the bottom of the tank — measured at 1,800 millisieverts an hour — that if a human was exposed to them that they would be dead within four hours.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is looking at the future of the clean-up contract at Sellafield, Cumbria with fresh eyes. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters The public body charged with overseeing the dismantling of Britain's network of atomic power and research stations will reveal on Monday that its estimates for the lifetime cost of the programme has risen by billions of pounds. Despite this, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will say in its annual report that it is getting to grips with the clean-up problem because the rate of cost growth is slowing year-on-year. UK's nuclear clean-up programme to cost billions more than expected
Feed-in Tariffs For Nuclear, Anyone? – German Energy Transition Feed-in tariffs are often referred to as a startup mechanism for a fledgling technology (renewables), and it is assumed that they will be done away with at some point. Craig Morris wonders why the nuclear sector now needs them after 50 years of subsidies. The Chernobyl Memorial in front of the reactor ruins. Only a few weeks ago, the provisional container above the reactor collapsed. We generally think of large power providers as big proponents of nuclear, but the first power firms to build nuclear plants in the West were not exactly thrilled about nuclear in the beginning.
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Japan likely to reverse nuclear energy phase-out | Asia | DW.DE | 27.12 One of the first policy victims of Japan's incoming Liberal Democratic Party is likely to be the commitment to phasing out nuclear power. The promise made after Fukushima does not sit well with the pro-business party. As the country nears the two-year anniversary of the second-worst nuclear accident in history, the protests continue every Friday night outside the official residence of the prime minister of Japan. The demonstrations are very Japanese in their nature; more colorful than confrontational and polite instead of provocative.
Productie kernenergie groeit niet meer - Groen Redactie − 14/12/12, 15:51 − bron: IPS © reuters. De hal van de kerncentrale in het Engelse Bridgwater . De wereldwijde productie van elektriciteit op basis van kernenergie stagneert en is tussen 2006 en 2011 zelfs met enkele procenten gedaald. Dat blijkt uit cijfers van het Earth Policy Institute.
Doofpotaffaire bij nucleaire waakhond VS - Groen Redactie − 18/09/12, 16:00 − bron: IPS © AFP. De San Onofre centrale ligt vlak bij zee en is volgens het rapport één van de risicocentrales.
A worker at the Oldbury nuclear power station before it was closed. Chinese nuclear firms reportedly want to build a new plant there. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images China is poised to make a dramatic intervention in Britain's energy future by offering to invest billions of pounds in building a series of new nuclear power stations. Officials from China's nuclear industry have been in high-level talks with ministers and officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this week about a plan that could eventually involve up to five different reactors being built at a total cost of £35bn. Greenpeace described the move as desperate, while others warned of security fears, but the government has been courting China as the UK atomic programme has been hit by rows over subsidies and worries that EDF – the French company with the most advanced plans to build new reactors in the UK – could be hampered by the change of government in Paris. China in talks to build UK nuclear power plants | Environment
alition makes U-turn on nuclear energy subsidies | Environment Ministers are planning to subsidise nuclear power through electricity bills – despite their promises not to , a secret document seen by the Guardian reveals. The leaked document clearly lays out plans to use "contracts for difference" for nuclear energy , which would allow nuclear operators to reap higher prices for their energy than fossil fuel power stations. The plans will further inflame rows over energy policy and cause a political furore for the Liberal Democrats , who fought the general election firmly opposing an expansion of nuclear power. Fiona Hall, leader of the Lib Dem group in the European parliament with a special interest in energy, said she now had no doubt that the contract for difference was a subsidy.
Nuclear: a toxic investment | Environment GDF Suez has complained that under the present system, its plans for a new nuclear facility at Sellafield, above, are not viable. Photograph: Brian Harris/Rex Features And then there was one.
Stop the nuclear industry welfare programme | Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander | Comment is free 'It is shocking that the nuclear industry continues to receive so much federal support at a time of record debt.' Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA The US is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol Hill is the idea of ending one of the oldest American welfare programmes – the extraordinary amount of corporate welfare going to the nuclear energy industry.
Letters: Renewed push for nuclear power | Environment With one giant leap they are free! How extraordinarily convenient that, just after the nuclear power mega-disaster of Fukushima and just when it is becoming clear around the world that citizens do not want nuclear power and that no one knows how to get rid of the lethal waste , the nuclear industry and government discover we can "safely" have enough nuclear power for the next 500 years not only without creating any nuclear waste but also by consuming the nuclear waste we already have in the power creation process ( Nuclear waste could fuel new breed of reactors , 3 February). With this miraculous "new" process we will make the very embarrassing 35,000 tonnes of depleted uranium and 100 tonnes of plutonium disappear – "just like that" to quote another well-known comedian. And to help the story along George Monbiot adds his "analysis" (2 February), with the totally misleading statement that we are confronted with a choice between gas and coal, or nuclear power.
Ministers 'misled MPs over need for nuclear power stations' | Environment Dungeness nuclear power station. Both the current and previous governments are under criticism for allegedly 'politicising data' that has informed energy policy. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Vaker kinderleukemie nabij kerncentrales Bij kinderen jonger dan vijf jaar die binnen een straal van 5 kilometer van een kerncentrale wonen kon twee keer zo vaak kinderleukemie worden vastgesteld, dan bij kinderen die verder dan 20 kilometer van een kerncentrale wonen. Dat is de conclusie van een artikel in het Internationale Journal on Cancer naar aanleiding van een franse studie. Het onderzoek bevestigt een eerdere Duitse studie uit 2007. De studie werd op nationale schaal uitgevoerd door de Franse instituten l'INSERM en l'IRSN in samenwerking met de nationale registratie voor kinderen met kanker van het ziekenhuis van Villejuif. De gegevens van 2753 kinderen die tussen 2002 en 2007 werden gediagnostiseerd met leukemie werden vergeleken met de gegevens van een controlegroep van 30.000 kinderen. De adressen zijn geselecteerd rond 19 kerncentrales.
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