Wind and solar generation half the cost of nuclear. Wind and solar generation half the cost of nuclear. The French disconnection – How to reduce the nuclear share in France’s energy mix. French protest against nuclear power (photo: Sortirdnucleaire) In a paper written for the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, David Buchan takes stock of the debate that has been going on in France on the future of nuclear power.
He concludes that it makes sense for France to prolong the lives of its existing reactors, but that replacing them at some point in the future will be a huge challenge. Nuclear energy verdict: Costly, slow and very high maintenance. 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. Dave Toke's green energy blog: Hinkley C to be paid more than twice as much as German solar pv arrays.
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. Radiation Level Spikes At Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Site. Health Published on September 6th, 2013 | by James Ayre 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.
UK's nuclear clean-up programme to cost billions more than expected. 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. Yet the soaring costs will alarm industry critics at a time when the government is trying to encourage construction of a new generation of atomic power plants while plans to construct a permanent home for high-level radioactive waste are stalled. In the NDA's 2011 annual report the provisional cost of dealing with the UK's nuclear legacy was put at £53bn, compared with a 2010 figure of £49bn. The new number in the 2012 set of accounts is expected to be around £55bn. Feed-in Tariffs For Nuclear, Anyone? 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. T.co / Twitter. Japan likely to reverse nuclear energy phase-out | Asia | DW.DE | 27.12. 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. But it seems likely that these people, drawn from all walks of life in this post-nuclear disaster nation, are to be disappointed in their campaign to have the government adhere to its predecessor's promise to do away with Japan's reliance on nuclear energy by the latter half of the 2030s. Shinzo Abe became the country's new prime minister on December 26. Productie kernenergie groeit niet meer - Groen. Doofpotaffaire bij nucleaire waakhond VS - Groen. China in talks to build UK nuclear power plants | Environment. 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 has operated its own atomic plants since 1994. 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. "Industry on all sides believe this is a subsidy. " Nuclear: a toxic investment | Environment. And then there was one.
Well, we are not there yet, but there is no doubt the comments from the GDF Suez boss that his NuGen consortium wants more financial concessions to build atomic plants in Britain is not a casual warning but a threat that it could pull out, leaving EDF the only company willing to build new reactors. The great atomic renaissance is certainly unravelling. Critics always said it did not make financial sense, and indeed it seems it is basic economics that is undermining the project rather than environmental worries. Stop the nuclear industry welfare programme | Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander. 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. Many in Congress talk of getting "big government off the back of private 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. If MPs had been presented with an accurate picture of the evidence for and against new reactors, the government's plans might have been challenged, according to the report. Both the previous Labour government and the current coalition overstated the evidence that new nuclear power was needed, it also alleged.
Building new nuclear power stations is highly controversial, as polls consistently show a substantial minority opposing them. But many people, including some environmental campaigners, have been persuaded towards supporting nuclear by the argument that they would help the UK generate power without carbon dioxide emissions. The previous government cited its own research in order to make that case, but according to today's report, some of the findings were misrepresented when relayed to MPs by ministers. Report: Japan kept secret about scary nuclear scenario. By msnbc.com staff The Japanese government kept secret for months a worst-case scenario report predicting a massive release of radioactive materials for a year at the earthquake-crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, goverment sources told the Kyodo news agency. The report, shown first to just a small group of policy makers in late March, said a hydrogen explosion would tear through the No. 1 reactor's containment vessel and force all workers to flee lethal radiation levels.
It said residents within 105 miles of the plant would be forced to evacuate. Is the nuclear phase-out a financially viable option for France? by EU Energy Policy Blog. Could Fukushima put an end to the French exception? Everybody in France is now talking about, and arguing for or against, a prospective nuclear phase-out. Political Candidates running for the next presidency defend their affirmative or negative position on this issue with figures published in several recent studies assessing the investment costs of an eventual a potential phase-out, as opposed to a continuation of the current power generation model. Unsurprisingly, the numbers differ. Why?
Three studies published in 2011 have attempted to assess the cost of a nuclear exit. Fukushima investigation reveals failings | World news. UK taxpayers face extra £250m bill for nuclear waste clean-up | Business. Siemens Stunner: Global Energy Giant Quits Nuclear Industry — “The Chapter is Closed for Us” After Fukushima: nuclear dirty tricks | Editorial. Hinkley C – Somerset's nuclear money pit? | John Vidal | Environment. Why the UK must choose renewables over nuclear: an answer to Monbiot | Jonathon Porritt | Environment.
City presses Centrica to cancel plans for building nuclear power plants | Business. EDF admits French nuclear reactor delayed but says UK projects on target | Business. Nuclear Industry Must Be Transparent on Uranium Mining, Carbon Output Before New Plants. Revealed: British government's plan to play down Fukushima | Environment. Dozens of countries queue up to go nuclear - tech - 24 June 2011. AP Bombshell: U.S. Nuclear Regulators “Repeatedly” Weaken Safety Rules or are “Simply Failing to Enforce Them” Are We Coming to the End of the Atomic Age? Kernenergie voor Nederland overbodig en duur > Energie > Energievisie. The climate change threat to nuclear power - tech - 24 May 2011. Japan nuclear plant confirms meltdown of two more reactors | World news.
Japan scraps plan for 14 new nuclear plants « Climate Progress. Is Nuclear Renewable? - Michael Eckhart, President of American Council On Renewable Energy Says NO! Zweedse kernreactor stilgelegd - dinsdag 22 januari 2008 - DePer. Kernenergie duur volgens nieuwe inzichten. Climate Progress » Blog Archive » Nuclear Pork — Enough is Enoug.