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Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone. Graffiti on a wall facing the amusement park in central Pripyat. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive

Ingmar Schumacher

6th February 2014

The European Commission is assessing how it should augment its nuclear disaster insurance. Ingmar Schumacher calls for full transparency of insurance costs in the cost-benefit evaluation of the nuclear industry. more...
An AP1000 reactor is under construction at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Georgia. Units 1 and 2 pictured here. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr.com.

Toshiba's nuclear project - cheaper than Hinkley C?

David Toke

17th January 2014

Toshiba, the 60% owner of NuGen, has announced it will build 3 AP1000 reactors at Moorside, England - much faster and cheaper than Hinkley C. But the whole proposition, writes David Toke, is seriously implausible. more...
Solar is everywhere in Germany. This is a newly constructed home with near total solar covering. Photo: Tim Fuller via Flickr.com.

Germany's 'impractical dream'?

Chris Goodall

11th January 2014

Germany's Energiewende or Energy Path is leading Europe's dominant industrial power into wholly new territory. Sober bureaucrats see a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050 as technically feasible. Chris Goodall asks - have they all gone mad? more...

China: nuclear and coal giants go solar

Oliver Tickell

10th January 2014

Chinese coal and nuclear energy giants are suddenly piling into the solar industry. Is this the way of the future, not only in China but around the world? more...

Hitachi-GE nuclear reactor design assessment begins

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have begun assessing Hitachi-GE's boiling water nuclear reactor design. more...
Mulan wind farm, 170km NE of Harbin City in Heilongiang, is one of the first wind farms to be built in China. Photo: Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr.com.

China roars ahead with renewables

John Mathews and Hao Tan

4th January 2014

Reports of China opening a huge new coal fired power station every week belie the reality - China is the new global powerhouse for renewable energy. As John Mathews and Hao Tan report, the world must follow its example. more...
Uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, Australia. Photo: Alberto Otero García via Flickr.com.

The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead

Dr Jim Green

25th December 2013

2013 has been the nuclear power industry's annus horribilis and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead. Dr Jim Green reveals the global unravelling of the nuclear dream ... more...

UK plans 75GW of new nuclear power

Jamie Doward for The Observer

23rd December 2013

The UK government is planning 75GW of new nuclear power, Jamie Doward reports - equivalent to 50 1.5GW reactors, or 25 dual-reactor Hinkley C's - enough to supply 86% of the UK's energy demand. more...
Nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. Photo: rrx_blade via Flickr.com.Nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. Photo: rrx_blade via Flickr.com.

Hinkley C: the Generic Design Assessment has failed

Emma Bateman

26th December 2013

The safety assessment for the Hinkley C reactor design has failed, reports Emma Bateman. Faced with 724 unresolved concerns about the EPR design, the UK regulator went ahead and issued the licence anyway. more...
Solar panels like these in Oxford could provide much of the UK's electricity. Photo: Adrian Arbib - www.arbib.org / r-eco.co.uk .

Sustainable energy for all

David Eliott

16th December 2013

Can we really produce all our electricity from renewable sources? Yes, says David Elliott - and at lower cost than by using fossil fuels and nuclear power. But powerful forces are opposed to change ... more...

'Illegal UK state aid' probe hits nuclear plans

Paul Brown

14th December 2013

An EU investigation into the UK's financial support for new nuclear power stations is dividing Europe, with critics saying London is flouting EU rules by offering illegal subsidies to EDF at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Paul Brown reports. more...
George Monbiot. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Wikimedia Commons

It can't be easy being George Monbiot

Jonathon Porritt

7th December 2013

On 21st March 2011 George Monbiot stated: "As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology." Jonathon Porritt critiques Monbiot's intellectual gymnastics ... more...

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UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Fukushima live today - Photo: Tepco webcam.

Can we risk another Fukushima?

Tom Burke

27th November 2013

Tom Burke expresses his disgust at those who downplay the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, and asks: is the world willing to tolerate repeat nuclear disasters? If not the answer is simple - an end to nuclear power. more...
Hinkley protest

Nuclear subsidies: Open letter to Commissioner Almunia

Gerry Wolff

15th November 2013

Following the UK Government's announcement of huge public subsidies for the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset, England, Energy Fair has called on EU Commissioner Almunia to open a formal investigation for breaches of competition law. more...
Fukushima

The ring of eternal fire

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

11th November 2013

Nuclear Greens in a post-Fukushima world: Americans read the increasingly panic-stricken reports of meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant in Japan and asked: 'Can it happen here?' They already knew the answer. more...
Olkiluoto, Finland

Nuclear assault on the poor, workers and UK economy

Donnachadh McCarthy

1st November 2013

Former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats, Donnachadh McCarthy, writes to Lib Dem DECC Secretary of State Ed Davey about Hinkley C nuclear power station. more...

State Secrets Act to supress Fukushima information

Oliver Tickell

30 October 2013

Japan's new State Secrets Act promises a fearful clampdown on journalist and whistle-blowers. Critics say its main purpose is to lock down information about Fukushima. more...

Nuclear power gets twice the price of solar!

Oliver Tickell

28th October 2013

The UK government's policy to pay for more for nuclear power than for power from solar PV is in direct contradiction of EU rules on state aid. more...
Hinkley Point B nuclear power station

Behind the nuclear smoke and mirrors

Tom Burke

26th October 2013

Mr Davey. If there is no public subsidy for Hinkley C why are you having to make an application to the Brussels for state aid clearance? more...
CANDU reactor at Qinshan

Chinese nuclear disaster 'highly probable' by 2030

He Zuoxiu

25th October 2013

As the UK prepares to build a fleet of new nuclear power stations with Chinese capital and expertise, a former state nuclear expert warns: China itself is heading for nuclear catastrophe. more...

Pandora's Promise: Is nuclear an option?

October 24th, 2013

Alex Macbeth

As George Osborne hails a renaissance for nuclear power in Britain, Alex Macbeth reviews Pandora's Promise, a new documentary film that asks whether we've got nuclear energy all wrong....... more...

EU energy subsidies - the truth is out!

24th October 2013

Each year member states spend €40 billion on supporting fossil fuels, €35 billion on nuclear, and just €30 billion on renewable energy. more...

Give community wind power the same EMR terms as Hinkley C!

22nd October, 2013

David Toke

EDF etc have been offered terms for constructing Hinkley C which are way superior to the terms being currently offered to renewable energy ... more...

With nuclear power: truth is the first casualty

21st October 2013

Oliver Tickell

The Hinkley deal is a disastrous one for the UK, its taxpayers and energy users. We will be locked into a punitively high electricity price, index-linked, from 2025 until 2060, and the cumulative cost of this one nuclear power station will be well in excess of £100 billion, or around £1 billion per year in today's money. more...

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