First reactor base of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant complete

EDF Energy CEO Simone Rossi says the progress is ‘good news for anyone concerned about the climate change crisis’

Balfour Beatty bags £214m Hinkley Point C contract

It will link the new nuclear power station to the national grid

Somerset community energy group launches £4m solar bond

Burnham and Weston Energy will use the money raised to pay off loans for its 9.3MW community solar farm

UK energy secretary to visit Hinkley nuclear site at it hits new milestone

Around 250 apprentices are now working on the new facility, which is expected to provide 7% of the nation’s electricity needs

New clean energy storage in Somerset ‘could power 30,000 homes’

The project will store excess energy production and help avoid power spikes or blackouts

Glastonbury Festival plans to ban plastic bottles

  Glastonbury festival plans to ban the use of plastic bottles when it returns in 2019. The festival, held in Somerset since 1970, has previously used solar panels and urinals that could power their own lighting by transforming urine into electricity. In 2014, it introduced water kiosks where people could get any type of bottle […]

National College for nuclear sector launched

A new college aimed at helping young people and learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to work in the growing nuclear sector has been launched. The National College for Nuclear has hubs in Cumbria – Lakes College – and Somerset – Bridgwater & Taunton College – and facilities that include virtual and simulated […]

EDF granted consent to start building Hinkley C nuclear plant

The UK’s nuclear regulator has granted its first consent for construction to start at EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. The French utility’s £18 billion project will be the first nuclear plant to be built in Britain in a generation. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said the consent covers the placement of the […]

UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley nuclear plant

A United Nations Committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) requested the halt because of the UK Government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. It comes after the UN last year said the UK […]

New energy training centre open in Somerset

A new national training centre for collaboration and innovation in energy has officially been opened in Somerset. EDF Energy’s Cannington Court, located near the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, has ground source heat pumps and solar panels which will provide more than 50% of the centre’s energy needs. It is part of […]