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 […]

Green gas mill to be built in Somerset

A mill which will generate gas from grass will be built in Somerset. It is expected to generate enough energy to power up to 2,500 homes. It is the third Green Gas Mill Ecotricity is developing in the UK since the company launched its first project in Gloucestershire in April. Earlier this week the company announced a second […]

What’s your energy issue?

ELN asks four different end users from different sectors what is their biggest energy issue right now. Do you have the same problems?

Water fracking ‘mare! Fears for Somerset farmers

In recent months the residents of Somerset have suffered a deluge of water – and politicians in wellies – after some of the worst flooding in years. That’s one reason why local MP Tessa Munt has her eye on the potential risk to groundwater from fracking for shale gas. The Lib Dem MP is backing […]

Warning over oil thefts from rural homes

Rural households are being warned to stay vigilant in case of oil thefts as the winter chill increases. Thousands of homes across the country rely on oil for central heating, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry. A recent survey by the National Farmers Union […]

Plans for new UK pylon march on

Plans for a new “graceful” style of pylon in Britain are marching on says the National Grid after two prototypes of the T-pylon have been built in Denmark. The T-pylon (artist’s impression, pictured) was picked out of 250 designs in a competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Royal Institute of British […]

£128m for communities near new Hinkley Point nuclear station

Communities living near a new nuclear station at Hinkley Point in Somerset could receive benefits worth up to £128 million for hosting the power plant. The Government has announced incentives for communities around eight sites in England and Wales, worth up to £1,000 per megawatt over 40 years – the planned lifetime of Hinkley Point […]