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No Sheffield Forgemasters loan, no new nuclear by 2017 | Environment | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    "Yesterday's decision by the UK government to withdraw its proposed loan of £80m to Sheffield Forgemasters is extraordinary. No other move could have had quite so much effect on the plans for nuclear power. Forgemasters wanted the money to buy a 15,000 tonne press, a necessary piece of equipment to make the pressure vessel at the centre of a power plant. Without the money, it says it will not proceed with its expansion into the nuclear market."
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Coalition to announce support for new nuclear power | Environment | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    Government will ease the way for extra plants but not provide subsidies, energy minister Charles Hendry to tell industry chiefs

    Energy minister Charles Hendry will today set out the government's support for new nuclear power, in the face of opposition from the Tories' coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats.

    Hendry will tell the Nuclear Industry Forum that there is a role for new nuclear plants, provided they do not require public subsidies."
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Response: We have not asked the taxpayer to subsidise new nuclear energy | Comment is f... - 0 views

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    "our article on the costs associated with nuclear reactors addresses a fundamental question about how we de-carbonise our energy supply, and who pays (Nuclear waste offer 'has hidden subsidy', 3 June). But the suggestion that EDF Energy was engaged in "behind-the scenes lobbying" to gain a "hidden subsidy" is wrong.

    We were responding to an open pre-consultation by government. This invited views from all parties, including ourselves and NGOs, on the price for radioactive waste disposal. We work hard to be part of the debate and recently set out our commitment to transparency. We have always been open that we expect to pay the full costs of decommissioning and our full share of the waste management and disposal costs from our new-build programme."
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U.K. to Remove Barriers to Nuclear Power, Set Carbon Price, Minister Says - Bloomberg - 0 views

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    "Nuclear power can play a key role in the U.K.'s future energy mix, Minister Charles Hendry told executives from Electricite de France SA, Centrica Plc and other utilities.

    While the new coalition government won't subsidize the industry, it will remove regulatory barriers and encourage nuclear power by establishing a minimum price for carbon, the energy minister said at the Nuclear Industry Forum in London.

    Britain, needing 200 billion pounds ($300 billion) to renew aging power plants in the next two decades, will have to tap international investors for the first time, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. "
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Energy minister says nuclear compromise unpleasant | Reuters - 0 views

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    "The Liberal Democrats agreed to drop their opposition to a new generation of nuclear power stations in one of many "unpleasant" compromises needed to secure a power-sharing deal with the Conservatives, the new energy minister said on Thursday.

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    Chris Huhne, a Liberal Democrat who has described nuclear power as a "failed technology," said it was worth sacrificing one of his party's key election pledges to bolster Britain's first coalition since 1945.

    The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats agreed to share power on Wednesday after the ruling Labour Party failed to win a fourth term in office at an inconclusive election last week.

    Under their agreement, the Liberal Democrats agreed not to vote against Conservative proposals to build new nuclear power stations to replace the current ageing plants."
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Britain Says New Nuclear Plants Can Proceed Without Subsidies - Bloomberg.com - 0 views

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    "New nuclear power plants will be built in the U.K. if utilities pay for them, said Chris Huhne, who was named yesterday as climate change secretary in a coalition government divided on the merits of atomic reactors.

    Companies including E.ON AG, Electricite de France SA and Centrica Plc want to replace aging reactors in the U.K. as pressure grows to reduce emissions from fossil fuels. Huhne's Liberal Democrats opposed atomic power while the Conservatives, their coalition partner, supported it. The parties yesterday said the Liberals will abstain on nuclear votes.

    "If they come up with a plan which genuinely involves no public subsidy, and that's the agreement of the coalition, then they'll put it through the new national planning process, and the proposal will go forward," Huhne said in an interview on British Broadcasting Corp. radio's "Today" program. "We're committed in the Liberal Democrats to not vote against it." "
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News & Star | Opinion | Sellafield nuclear build plan full of flaws - 0 views

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    "The Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council are in agreement that Sellafield is now the 'preferred option' for proposed new nuclear build.

    On Wednesday, January 27, Radiation Free Lakeland gave evidence in Westminster before the Energy and Climate Change Parliamentary Select Committee.

    Our message to the committee: No site in Cumbria is 'suitable' for new build - especially not Sellafield. Any money available needs to be focussed on minimising the dangers that currently exist."
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UK Government nuclear consultation 'farcical', say locals - The Ecologist - 0 views

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    "Local residents say they have been 'insulted' rather than 'consulted' over Government plans for new nuclear power stations

    Local campaign groups have given a damning verdict on Government engagement with local communities over its plans for new nuclear power stations and have called for a new round of consultations to take place.

    The groups, representing residents in ten of the communities earmarked by the Government as potential sites for new reactors, gave evidence to MPs from the Energy and Climate Change Committee earlier this week.

    Jim Duffy, from campaign group Stop Hinkley, told MPs that the timing, advertising and location of the consultations had been unacceptable. "
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BBC News - Council rules out Cumbria greenbelt land nuclear sites - 0 views

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    "Councillors in Cumbria have come out against plans which could see new nuclear power stations built on greenbelt land.

    Three sites - at Sellafield, Braystones and Kirksanton - have been highlighted by the government as being suitable for new generating stations.

    But county councillors say they will only support a new station on the site of the existing Sellafield facility. "
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North West Evening Mail | Kirksanton nuclear meeting - special report - 0 views

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    "GOVERNMENT officials were grilled by 350 members of the public over plans to build a nuclear power plant in Kirksanton.

    Angry residents made their voices heard with calls for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to pull the plug on the project.

    The meeting, held on Saturday at Millom School, followed a three-day exhibition in Millom Network Centre."
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North West Evening Mail | Anti-nuclear group heads to Westminster - 0 views

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    "AN anti-nuclear group is heading to Westminster to voice its feelings on the future of the nuclear industry.

    Marianne Birkby, founder of South Lakes anti-nuclear group Radiation Free Lakeland, will speak to the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry on January 27.

    Three new sites in Cumbria have been identified as suitable for new nuclear power stations - Kirksanton, Sellafield and Braystones. Public consultation is currently on-going.

    Ms Birkby said: "The nuclear juggernaut will only be stopped by people saying no - as people are doing in Germany where 50,000 people of all walks of life, including convoys of farmers on tractors marched in Berlin opposing the proposed extension of the life of existing nuclear plants - no one in Germany is proposing new build and certainly no country in the world is proposing such a blanket nuclear sacrifice zone in such a small area as the UK government"."
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North West Evening Mail | We won't build new nuclear power stations - say Tories - 0 views

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    DAVID Cameron's green adviser last night threw more doubt on where the party stands over nuclear power after declaring no new stations would be built under a Tory government.

    Zac Goldsmith, the Tory candidate for Richmond, and one of Mr Cameron's closest advisers on the environment, insisted no new nuclear power stations would be built if the Tories were to win the next general election.

    He said Tory policy "was to give a green light to nuclear power as long as there is no call on the taxpayer, not just in terms of building, but maintenance, security and disposal of waste. In the history of nuclear power there has never been a station built without huge use of taxpayers' subsidy."

    It is the most outspoken a Tory has been about the next generation of nuclear power stations.

    Mr Cameron himself two years ago said the power source was a "last resort".
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    DAVID Cameron's green adviser last night threw more doubt on where the party stands over nuclear power after declaring no new stations would be built under a Tory government.

    Zac Goldsmith, the Tory candidate for Richmond, and one of Mr Cameron's closest advisers on the environment, insisted no new nuclear power stations would be built if the Tories were to win the next general election.

    He said Tory policy "was to give a green light to nuclear power as long as there is no call on the taxpayer, not just in terms of building, but maintenance, security and disposal of waste. In the history of nuclear power there has never been a station built without huge use of taxpayers' subsidy."

    It is the most outspoken a Tory has been about the next generation of nuclear power stations.

    Mr Cameron himself two years ago said the power source was a "last resort".
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MP joy as bay put on nuclear back burner - Morpeth Herald - 0 views

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    MOVES away from using Druridge Bay for a nuclear power station have been welcomed by MP Sir Alan Beith.
    Campaigners have fought for years to have the area struck off a list of potential sites and last week the Government confirmed it was not being pursued as an option.

    Sir Alan, who represents the area, said: "Druridge Bay is the wrong site for the wrong energy policy.

    "I am not in favour of an expansion of nuclear power because we still do not know what to do with the waste it creates, but even if you accept the policy, Druridge Bay is a site of enormous scenic habitat which is too far from the grid transmission lines, as the Government has rightly concluded.
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    MOVES away from using Druridge Bay for a nuclear power station have been welcomed by MP Sir Alan Beith.
    Campaigners have fought for years to have the area struck off a list of potential sites and last week the Government confirmed it was not being pursued as an option.

    Sir Alan, who represents the area, said: "Druridge Bay is the wrong site for the wrong energy policy.

    "I am not in favour of an expansion of nuclear power because we still do not know what to do with the waste it creates, but even if you accept the policy, Druridge Bay is a site of enormous scenic habitat which is too far from the grid transmission lines, as the Government has rightly concluded.
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Miliband grilled over nuclear power - Times Online - 0 views

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    Environmental activists yesterday took David Miliband to task over Britain's renewable energy resources and his support for nuclear power.

    The Foreign Secretary faced searching questions from the British Council's Scottish young climate change champions at the organisation's office in Edinburgh, as well as from their Japanese equivalents, who joined the debate via a video link.

    Ahead of the Copenhagen talks, they questioned Mr Miliband over energy mixes, the viability of a profitable low carbon economy and the ability of the EU member states to work together on the issue.
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    Environmental activists yesterday took David Miliband to task over Britain's renewable energy resources and his support for nuclear power.

    The Foreign Secretary faced searching questions from the British Council's Scottish young climate change champions at the organisation's office in Edinburgh, as well as from their Japanese equivalents, who joined the debate via a video link.

    Ahead of the Copenhagen talks, they questioned Mr Miliband over energy mixes, the viability of a profitable low carbon economy and the ability of the EU member states to work together on the issue.
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BBC NEWS | UK | England | Cumbria | Nuclear waste plan put to public - 0 views

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    People in west Cumbria have the chance to find out more about government plans to store nuclear waste underground.

    The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership is sending leaflets to all homes in the Allerdale and Copeland council areas.

    There will also be a series of public meetings over the next three months.
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    People in west Cumbria have the chance to find out more about government plans to store nuclear waste underground.

    The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership is sending leaflets to all homes in the Allerdale and Copeland council areas.

    There will also be a series of public meetings over the next three months.
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Nuclear power industry may benefit from climate change levy exemption - Times Online - 0 views

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    The Government is considering fresh tax breaks for Britain's nuclear power industry that could smooth the way for the construction of a new generation of UK reactors, The Times has learnt.

    Whitehall insiders have told The Times that officials at the Department for Energy and Climate Change have been studying the possibility of an exemption for nuclear electricity from the climate change levy, a tax on industrial energy consumption that was created to boost energy efficiency.

    The levy, which was introduced in 2001, raises an estimated £1 billion a year for the Treasury. Suppliers pay the levy on electricity provided to businesses to Customs & Excise and then pass on the costs to customers.
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    The Government is considering fresh tax breaks for Britain's nuclear power industry that could smooth the way for the construction of a new generation of UK reactors, The Times has learnt.

    Whitehall insiders have told The Times that officials at the Department for Energy and Climate Change have been studying the possibility of an exemption for nuclear electricity from the climate change levy, a tax on industrial energy consumption that was created to boost energy efficiency.

    The levy, which was introduced in 2001, raises an estimated £1 billion a year for the Treasury. Suppliers pay the levy on electricity provided to businesses to Customs & Excise and then pass on the costs to customers.
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Ed Miliband to deliver nuclear site assessment reports | Environment | The Guardian - 0 views

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    The government will today identify further sites around Britain that could be suitable for building a nuclear plant, as part of a scheme to fast track a new generation of reactors.

    Ed Miliband, the energy and climate change secretary, will unveil a series of national policy statements setting out the need for new energy infrastructure including renewables, fossil fuels and gas, as well as an overarching energy statement which will include climate change policy. A separate strategy statement on the nation's ports will also be published.

    Miliband will stress what the government believes to be the importance of a diverse energy supply. But the most detail will given in the nuclear policy statement, which will include a forensic assessment of the 11 sites already nominated by energy firms as well as identifying alternatives. "Because nuclear is controversial, we wanted to make it quite clear where the sites we consider suitable are," said one official.
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    The government will today identify further sites around Britain that could be suitable for building a nuclear plant, as part of a scheme to fast track a new generation of reactors.

    Ed Miliband, the energy and climate change secretary, will unveil a series of national policy statements setting out the need for new energy infrastructure including renewables, fossil fuels and gas, as well as an overarching energy statement which will include climate change policy. A separate strategy statement on the nation's ports will also be published.

    Miliband will stress what the government believes to be the importance of a diverse energy supply. But the most detail will given in the nuclear policy statement, which will include a forensic assessment of the 11 sites already nominated by energy firms as well as identifying alternatives. "Because nuclear is controversial, we wanted to make it quite clear where the sites we consider suitable are," said one official.
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Nuclear firms pay £70m for Sellafield site - Business News, Business - The In... - 0 views

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    A multinational consortium of energy companies is paying £70m for land adjacent to Sellafield suitable for building a new atomic power station.

    Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE), Spain's Iberdrola and France's GDF Suez have acquired the 470-acre site, which is the fourth piece of land to be sold by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The consortium plans to build an installation with a capacity of up to 3.6 gigawatts, starting in 2015.

    The SSE/Iberdrola/GDF group is the third new entrant to the UK nuclear industry after France's EDF bought British Energy for £12.5bn in January, and a consortium of Germany's RWE Npower and E.ON was successful in earlier NDA land auctions in April.

    SSE/Iberdrola/GDF was also a bidder in previous auctions for land at Wylfa, Oldbury and Bradwell. But the group pulled out after competition became so fierce it ran for six weeks rather than the expected one, and netted the Government a whopping £387m rather than the expected £100m.
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    A multinational consortium of energy companies is paying £70m for land adjacent to Sellafield suitable for building a new atomic power station.

    Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE), Spain's Iberdrola and France's GDF Suez have acquired the 470-acre site, which is the fourth piece of land to be sold by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The consortium plans to build an installation with a capacity of up to 3.6 gigawatts, starting in 2015.

    The SSE/Iberdrola/GDF group is the third new entrant to the UK nuclear industry after France's EDF bought British Energy for £12.5bn in January, and a consortium of Germany's RWE Npower and E.ON was successful in earlier NDA land auctions in April.

    SSE/Iberdrola/GDF was also a bidder in previous auctions for land at Wylfa, Oldbury and Bradwell. But the group pulled out after competition became so fierce it ran for six weeks rather than the expected one, and netted the Government a whopping £387m rather than the expected £100m.
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Trio buy Sellafield site to build giant nuclear plant - Telegraph - 0 views

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    A consortium of utility companies is planning to build a giant nuclear power station at Sellafield, the former home of the world's oldest reactor, as part of Britain's next generation of cleaner energy sources.

    The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said yesterday that it had sold the right to develop the land for a 3.6 gigawatt station to Scottish and Southern, Iberdrola and GDF Suez for £70m.
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    A consortium of utility companies is planning to build a giant nuclear power station at Sellafield, the former home of the world's oldest reactor, as part of Britain's next generation of cleaner energy sources.

    The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said yesterday that it had sold the right to develop the land for a 3.6 gigawatt station to Scottish and Southern, Iberdrola and GDF Suez for £70m.
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Centrica unlikely to up stake in EDF reactors-paper | Reuters - 0 views

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    Centrica (CNA.L) is not interested in taking a larger stake in four new nuclear plants to be built by France's EDF (EDF.PA), The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday citing sources.

    EDF, which already owns eight nuclear power stations in the UK after its acquisition of British Energy last year, confirmed over the weekend that it may sell a 20 percent stake worth at least 3 billion pounds ($4.78 billion) in two reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset and two at Sizewell in Suffolk, the Telegraph reported.

    Centrica, which bought 20 percent of British Energy for 2.3 billion pounds earlier this year, has the right to take up a 20 percent stake in the new nuclear projects, but is understood not to want a bigger share, the paper said.
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    Centrica (CNA.L) is not interested in taking a larger stake in four new nuclear plants to be built by France's EDF (EDF.PA), The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday citing sources.

    EDF, which already owns eight nuclear power stations in the UK after its acquisition of British Energy last year, confirmed over the weekend that it may sell a 20 percent stake worth at least 3 billion pounds ($4.78 billion) in two reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset and two at Sizewell in Suffolk, the Telegraph reported.

    Centrica, which bought 20 percent of British Energy for 2.3 billion pounds earlier this year, has the right to take up a 20 percent stake in the new nuclear projects, but is understood not to want a bigger share, the paper said.
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