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Mayor of London announces solar and energy efficiency projects funded by ‘Green New Deal’

Business Green 19th Nov 2020, A host of green projects in London are set to benefit from £10m in funding
announced yesterday as part of the capital’s ‘Green New Deal Fund’, which
the Mayor of London claims could create up to 1,000 new jobs. Announced
yesterday, Sadiq Khan said the first tranche of £10m in funding would be
invested in green projects such as solar panel installations and home
energy efficiency improvements, targeting inequalities exacerbated by the
Covid-19 pandemic such as fuel poverty by helping to improve energy
efficiency, cut energy bills, and improve living conditions.

https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4023653/mayor-london-ploughs-gbp10m-green-deal-projects

November 21, 2020 Posted by | ENERGY, UK | Leave a comment

Bankrupt AREVA, resuscitated as ‘Framatome’, joins the the Sizewell C nuclear build Consortium

Nuclear Engineering International 18th Nov 2020, Framatome has joined the Sizewell C Consortium, a group of more than 100
companies and organisations from across the UK working to design, supply
and construct the proposed nuclear power station in Suffolk, England.
“Working with the passionate and expert members of the Sizewell C
Consortium, we are engaging new partnerships with British companies and
suppliers to support lifetime management of the country’s existing
nuclear facilities and new build projects,” said Marc Duret, managing
director of Framatome in the UK.

https://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-joins-sizewell-c-consortium-8368345

November 21, 2020 Posted by | business and costs, UK | Leave a comment

Extended shutdown for work on Flamanville nuclear reactor build

La Manche Libre 19th Nov 2020, On Wednesday, November 18, EDF requested an exemption from the government
in the event that the shutdown for work on reactor number 2 at the
Flamanville nuclear power plant exceeds the legal deadline of two years.
This reactor was shut down on January 10, 2019 for ten-year maintenance.
Its restart has been postponed several times, in particular because of the
health context linked to Covid-19. It is currently scheduled for Monday,
November 30.

https://www.lamanchelibre.fr/actualite-919305-flamanville-une-derogation-reclamee-par-edf-pour-le-redemarrage-du-reacteur-2

November 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cheap and effective, but solar energy is omitted from UK govt’s 10 point plan

Energyst 19th Nov 2020, Despite being the most cost-effective electricity generating technology for
the foreseeable future according to the Government’s own forecasts, solar
was noticeably absent from the Prime Minister’s announcement, which is
largely a repackaging of policies already announced earlier this year.

While the Government has yet to make its ambitions for UK solar clear there
is lively activity taking place in other parts of the public sector. The
City of London has announced a new 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
with developer Voltalia, which will see a 50MW solar park built in Dorset
to supply the City with clean power. STA chief executive Chris Hewett said,

“It is disappointing that Number 10 has yet to grasp the opportunity
presented by solar in the UK. Not only is it set to be the cheapest power
source for years to come, it also provides good jobs and business
opportunities up and down the country.

https://theenergyst.com/uk-solar-industry-body-criticises-lack-of-support-in-ten-point-green-plan/

November 21, 2020 Posted by | politics, renewable, UK | Leave a comment

First canister of used nuclear fuel loaded into Chernobyl storage facility

 

This storage dump will last for 100 years.  But the wastes inside will lasr for 1000s of years . How crazyb is it to just keep on making this toxic trash?

 

World Nuclear News 19th Nov 2020, The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the
Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant
in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the
world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-assemblies-loaded-into-new-Chernobyl-used-fu

November 21, 2020 Posted by | Ukraine, wastes | Leave a comment

UK: Both Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B nuclear power stations will close early due to cracks in graphite cores

Times 20th Nov 2020, The Hinkley Point B nuclear power station will close by July 2022 at the
latest, EDF has announced, triggering renewed calls to invest in
replacement reactors. The Somerset plant started generating in 1976 and was
due to close in 2016 but in 2012 EDF secured an extension until March 2023.
However, the reactor developed cracks in its graphite core, which has
limited its operation. EDF said this summer that the Hunterston B plant in
Scotland, which also has cracks in the core, would close earlier than
planned, in January 2022. Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry Association,
said it was “a reminder of the urgency of investing in new nuclear
capacity to hit net zero”.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/closure-date-for-hinkleyb-sparks-calls-to-invest-in-replacement-2lhcj5vq5

November 21, 2020 Posted by | decommission reactor, UK | Leave a comment

30-day public consultation about UK’s Sizewell nuclear reactor project

BBC 18th Nov 2020, Bosses behind a new nuclear power station have told local communities they
are “listening” after making “important” changes to the plans. The
government is close to approving construction of Sizewell C in Suffolk. EDF
Energy has pledged to increase rail and sea deliveries during construction
and reduce the plant’s impact on local beauty spots. Alison Downes from the
Stop Sizewell C campaign said the project was “ridiculously expensive”. A
30-day public consultation starts on Wednesday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-54977401

November 21, 2020 Posted by | general | Leave a comment