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Articles from ncg members. For news articles before 2014, see the news archive.
Will EDF with Chinese backing build a new third-generation nuclear power plant in the U.K., and if so under what conditions? The answer to this question will be vital to the future of the European energy sector. And a great deal will depend on the European Commission, which is expected to decide any moment whether the U.K.’s agreement with EDF will be allowed under EU State Aid rules.
By Prof Steve Thomas, Mycle Schneider and Antony Patrick Froggatt
Energy Post, 21st August 2014
The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell.
By Jeremy Leggett
The Guardian, 18th August 2014
The world’s nuclear statistics are distorted by an anomaly whose cause is not technical but political. Three years after the Fukushima events started unfolding on 11 March 2011, government, industry and international institutional organizations continue to misrepresent the effects of the disaster on the Japanese nuclear program.
By Mycle Schnieder, Antony Froggatt, Prof Steve Thomas et al
World Nuclear Industry Status Report, 18th August 2014
The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future – despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables, in particular solar and wind power, compete with increasing success to fill the energy gap.
By Paul Brown
The Ecologist, 2nd August 2014
Rising renewables output makes promise to buy Hinkley Point electricity at twice its current price a costly gamble.
By Prof Tom Burke
The Guardian, 10th July 2014
With the Government wilfully undermining the UK’s small but fast-growing solar power sector for the second time, why the attacks on what is our second lowest cost source of renewable energy, and getting cheaper all the time?
By Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 8th July 2014
The prospect of the Chinese becoming owners, managers and even constructors of nuclear power stations in Britain has caused anxiety in some unexpected places. Both the right and the left, united in their determination to press ahead with more nuclear, have raised objections.
By Prof Tom Burke
Tom Burke's blog, 2nd July 2014
The UK Government is on course to undershoot the EU Renewables target by a large margin. The Government is committed to achieving production of 15 per cent of final energy from renewable energy (RE) by 2020.
By Dr David Toke
Dave Toke's green energy blog, 23rd June 2014
Westminster has failed to control rising electricity and gas prices. Between 1997 and 2013, UK households saw combined electricity and gas prices rise by 54% in real terms. In contrast, family income has fallen in real terms by approximately 7% over this period. Little wonder families are under financial pressure.
By Prof Peter Strachan & Prof Alex Russell
The Conversation, 10th June 2014