Nuclear

Academic: coal will be essential for the foreseeable future

Academic: coal will be essential for the foreseeable future

Recent rounds of severe weather in the US have highlighted the necessity of coal generated electricity as the country transitions to natural gas and eventually renewable energy. Coal and nuclear power plant played a vital role in providing baseload power for the US during a recent bout of extreme weather […]

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will close all coal and nuclear power plants, but in doing so could leave thousands of people without power. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Macron said the fight against climate change would be one of […]

Coal, nuclear keeping the lights on in USA during extreme weather

Coal, nuclear keeping the lights on in USA during extreme weather

Coal and nuclear power plant have played a vital role in providing baseload power for the US during a recent bout of extreme weather conditions. During the cold spell that has recently hit the US, signs of fatigue began to show across the nation’s power grid, which saw oil inventories […]

Concerns mount over second EDF nuclear plant

Concerns mount over second EDF nuclear plant

Following huge delays and over spending on the Hinkley Point C project, EDF has suggested it could build a second nuclear power station for up to £5 billion less than the previous. The French Energy giant has announced that a second power plant, Sizewell C in Suffolk, could be built […]

65,000 homes left without power in France after storm

65,000 homes left without power in France after storm

Western France has been struck with power outages as winter storm Carmen hit the coast impacting 65,000 households, according to power grid company Enedis . On Monday, 40,000 households in Brittany alone experienced power cuts, 30,000 of which have since been reconnected by the French power company that was forced to […]

Japanese court rules against nuclear restart

Japanese court rules against nuclear restart

A Japanese court has barred the restart of a nuclear reactor after the operator Shikoku Electric had been given the go ahead by a lower court, throwing Japan’s sheepish return to nuclear power into turmoil. Although the decision by the High Court will not have an immediate effect on the […]

New research reveals “uncertainty” over cost of nuclear SMRs

New research reveals “uncertainty” over cost of nuclear SMRs

The Businesses, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) recently published new research on small-scale nuclear energy which found that small modular reactors (SMRs) are more expensive than larger reactors to develop. The research found that SMRs will initially cost £100 per Mega Watt hour (MWh) – considerably higher than larger […]

France accelerating shift from nuclear power

France accelerating shift from nuclear power

French junior environment minister, Brune Poirson, has said France will decrease the share of nuclear energy in its electricity mix as soon as possible. In November, the French government withdrew its legal target to decrease the share of nuclear to 50% by 2025 from 75% today, set by the previous […]