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Dr Paul Dorfman will be debating the role of China in the UK nuclear energy market at the UK RUSI PONI Annual Conference.
Royal United Services Institute
Asia and Eastern Europe are leading the way, but construction times for new projects are getting longer, and Europe’s dominant energy player, Germany, is turning its back on nuclear.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
The Conversation, 18th May 2015
This week Finland cancelled its option for a second European Pressurised Reactor as the existing EPR project sinks into a abyss of cost over-runs, delays and litigation, writes Jim Green. It now looks like the EPR is a failed technology and its owner, French nuclear giant Areva, is fast running out of both money and orders as its ‘hot prospects’ evaporate.
By Dr Jim Green & Oliver Tickell
The Ecologist, 15th May 2015
The UK new nuclear deal The UK government has guaranteed EDF, the French nuclear corporation, an index-linked price of £92.50 – twice the current market price of electricity – for each megawatt-hour over a 35-year locked-in contract.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
Nuclear Transparency Watch, 29th April 2015
All the ‘main’ political parties are backing nuclear power in bold defiance of all the evidence that it’s expensive, dangerous and not even low-carbon, writes David Lowry. Even David Osborne just admitted that Hinkley C is ‘unaffordable’ – but supports it anyway. For a rational nuclear policy, the way is Green.
By Dr David Lowry
The Ecologist, 22nd April 2015
A risk theoretic statistical analysis using a dataset that is 75 percent larger than the previous best dataset on nuclear incidents and accidents.
By Spencer Wheatley, Benjamin Sovacool, Didier Sornette
10th April 2015
Dr Paul Dorfman: ‘Challenges to State Aid procedures relating to the implementation of EC competition policy’
Prof Steve Thomas: ‘Economic bottlenecks for the further development of nuclear technology’.
The second instalment of Jeremy Leggett’s serialised book, The Winning of the Carbon War, is available for free download on a brand new website.
By Jeremy Leggett
jeremyleggett.net, 1st April 2015