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Fire-damaged nuclear plant costing EDF £1m per day

Fire-damaged nuclear plant costing EDF £1m per day

The prolonged closure of a major French nuclear plant damaged in an explosion earlier this month could be costing energy giant EDF more than £1m per day. French firm EDF, which is building the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point, shut unit 1 at […]

Beijing bans imports of North Korean coal

Beijing bans imports of North Korean coal

In a surprise move Beijing has imposed a ban on the import of North Korean coal. The move comes amidst growing regional tensions after North Korea claimed a successful nuclear test earlier this month. North Korea is the main import source for anthracite, a type of high-quality thermal coal. In […]

Future of nuclear plant to decide election in Copeland

Future of nuclear plant to decide election in Copeland

Concern over the future of the Sellafield nuclear plant has emerged as the deciding issue of this week’s Copeland by-election. The seat of Copeland has been held by Labour since 1935, and was won with a majority of 2,564 in the 2015 General Election. However, Labour face an uphill battle convincing voters to back them […]

CCS cheaper than rooftop solar, says US energy expert

CCS cheaper than rooftop solar, says US energy expert

A leading US energy expert has called for greater investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, claiming that it can provide electricity at less than a third of the cost of rooftop solar panels. Julio Friedmann, an advisor to former US president Barack Obama’s administration, believes that excluding the […]

Trump overturns Obama’s mining restrictions

Trump overturns Obama’s mining restrictions

President Trump has signed legislation that will end a key Obama administration rule on coal mining. The bill, signed on Thursday, overturns the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, a regulation designed to protect waterways from coal mining waste that was only finalised in December. The rule was considered […]

Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA

Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA

The US Senate voted Friday to confirm Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency with a vote of 52-46. Pruitt has called for a more prominent role for individual states as regards environmental regulation, and intends to push an agenda that supports economic growth. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt […]

Largest power business backs fossil fuel future

Largest power business backs fossil fuel future

Paul McElhinney, Senior Vice President at the General Electric Company, has emphasised the role that clean coal technology can play in reducing global carbon emissions. “Coal-fired power generation provides electricity for about 40 per cent of the world. It also accounts for nearly 75 per cent of the electricity sector’s […]

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Uncertainty grows over UK nuclear plans as Toshiba steps back from Moorside

A key part of the UK’s future energy strategy has been thrown into doubt after troubled Japanese firm Toshiba admitted it may be forced to abandon its leading role in the Moorside nuclear power station project. Although Toshiba said it would still “consider participating” in the plant, the company added […]