UK needs a ‘Plan B’ if new nuclear plans fail

UK Ministers need to stop “crossing their fingers” and urgently develop a “Plan B” to meet climate change targets if new nuclear power stations are not built on time. In a new report published today, the Energy and Climate Change Committee said nuclear power could play an important role as a low carbon technology to […]

UK public favours nuclear over renewables

The British public favours nuclear power as the most popular choice to provide for the UK’s future energy needs. That’s according to a new poll by YouGov, commissioned by the Sunday Times, which showed nuclear energy topped the list with 26% of the votes. The news comes amidst the UK Government’s plans for a more […]

Energy Bill will provide investment certainty

Low carbon associations in the UK have welcomed the Government’s proposals for reforming the electricity market in the Energy Bill. The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and RenewableUK said the Bill provides investment certainty and give confidence to businesses. The groups are urging the Government to work together to […]

Horizon a ‘risky and expensive gamble’ for Hitachi

The Horizon nuclear project is a “risky and expensive gamble” for Japanese giant Hitachi. That’s according to Friends of the Earth whose comment follows yesterday’s news about Hitachi’s deal to buy the nuclear project from E.ON and RWE. The Japanese firm plans to build reactors at each of Horizon’s sites at Wylfa, Anglesey and Oldbury, […]

Nuclear chief: Public must know who to trust on nuclear

The chief of the UK’s nuclear trade body is backing calls for the nuclear watchdog to take on a bigger role in the public eye. MPs on the Science and Technology Committee yesterday suggested the public body could be a more trustworthy voice of authority on the risks of nuclear power than the Government. Keith […]

UK reaffirms nuclear agreement with Japan

The UK has agreed a framework of civil nuclear cooperation with Japan, announced as part of David Cameron’s first official visit to the country. The Department for Energy and Climate Change says the agreement could create opportunities for UK companies to engage in multi-billion pound decommissioning projects. Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy said: […]

Nuclear power must go on PR offensive, says regulator

In order to improve the image of new nuclear, public confidence has to be improved, said the industry regulator Kevin Allars. Speaking at a Nuclear Industry Association conference, Mr Allars, director of the HSE’s New Nuclear Build Generic Design Assessment, said: “We need clarity and transparency so we don’t alarm people. The right message is […]