The head of one of Britain’s top utilities said on Monday that EDF’s planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point is likely to be the only one to go ahead in the UK. Alistair Phillips-Davies, chief executive officer of SSE – an energy supplier and a former investor in new nuclear plants – said that nuclear power has a role to play in reducing carbon emissions, but that existing technologies may not be the right ones. “The bottom line in nuclear is that it looks like only Hinkley Point will get built and Flamanville needs to go well for that to happen,” Phillips-Davies told Reuters at the Eurelectric utilities conference in Estoril. French nuclear regulator ASN is set to give a provisional ruling next month on whether Flamanville can start up as planned in 2018, despite potential weak spots in its reactor vessel. In an opinion piece published last year, Phillips-Davies said Britain does not need EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to ensure the lights will stay on because alternative projects like new gas plants will be able to fill the gap. Asked whether the Toshiba-led NuGen and Hitachi-led Horizon consortia, which also plan to build nuclear power stations in Britain, would go ahead despite the bankruptcy of Toshiba-owned reactor builder Westinghouse, Phillips-Davies said “just looking from the outside, it looks tricky”. “Toshiba looks like it has a lot of problems and whether Hitachi will view that as meaning that they do not want to have a go either, I think that is quite likely. I would not expect them to get done any time soon,” he said.
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On the Saturday just gone, 17th June, while the rest of London sweltered at the mercy of the hottest weekend so far this year, enthusiasts, activists, and journalists alike, descended from across the world to Conway Hall, Holborn,to take part in the first nuclear power conference in 30 years, No Need for Nuclear: The Renewables are Here hosted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. With over 150 attendees of all ages, and 17 speakers comprised of distinguished academics, MPs and industry representatives, the conference was deemed a great success. The conference was graced with a keynote address from Caroline Lucas MP, all the way from New York where the UN disarmament meetings are taking place. The conference was broken into 4 sections: What’s wrong with Nuclear power? and The Politics of Nuclear Power followed by UK Energy Demand, Energy Supply, and The Renewables after lunch.
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News that Three Mile Island nuclear power plant may be shut down in 2019 will reawaken the stuff of nightmares for many of the older generation. Think before Chernobyl, or Fukushima and the horrors we now associate with them, Three Mile Island was the name that spelt fear and dread. In March 1979, one of the plant’s two reactors suffered a partial core melt down, resulting from mechanical and human error. Radioactivity was released into the environment in what was the worst commercial nuclear power accident in US history. Despite official claims that the human health impact was minimal, the accident led to massive protests, in the US and around the world, and the nuclear power industry in the US faced a shattering setback. Within a few years construction of new nuclear power plants had pretty much ground to a halt and the national debate over nuclear power was largely won by its opponents. These included the likes of Jane Fonda, who combined celebrity glamour with activist grit, and the release of her film The China Syndrome just days before the accident gave the issue massive popular cultural exposure.
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