Europe launches its Energy Union

25  February 2015

The 28 member states of the European Union are to integrate their markets and increase security of supply under a policy set known as the Energy Union. Investments of €200 billion ($227 billion) per year are expected over the next decade.

The Energy Union is a flagship project of the new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, whose vice president Maroš Šefčovič is in charge of achieving the Energy Union goals.

Documents announcing the strategic framework for the project said: "Today the European Union has energy rules set at the European level, but in practice it was 28 national regulatory frameworks. This cannot continue."

Grid connection for South Korean reactor

26 February 2015

Shin Wolsong 1 and 2 - 48The second unit of the Shin Wolsong plant was connected to the power grid today following the successful completion of commissioning tests, plant owner Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power announced.

Paks joins EPRI's nuclear research program

26 February 2015

Paks Nuclear Power Plant in Hungary has joined the nuclear research program of the Electric Power Research Institute.

AEM-Technologies meets milestone for Rostov 4

25 February 2015

Rostov 4 steam generator 48The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies has completed a "key stage" in the manufacture of a steam generator for unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant, packing the 11,000 stainless steel heat exchange pipes.

Nuclear power is a 'national asset', says US think tank

26 February 2015

US federal research policy should recognize the nuclear sector as a national asset and treat it equally with other non-greenhouse gas emitting energy sources, R Street - a Washington DC-headquartered public policy research institute - says in a new report.

Scientists witness greenhouse effect

26 February 2015

Scientists have for the first time actually observed an increase in carbon dioxide's greenhouse effect at the Earth's surface. They attributed this upward trend to rising emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Funding for waste-handling robotics development

25 February 2015

A project to develop new robotic techniques for use in the autonomous handling of radioactive wastes is among those recently selected for funding by the European Commission.

South Australia considers nuclear industry potential

Is South Australia's plan to set up a royal commission into the potential for nuclear power a local or national story, writes Ian Hore-Lacy.

The question of nuclear power for Australia has been raised several times over the last 60 years, but usually on the conservative side of politics. Apart from anything else, there has not been a strong need – the country has abundant coal located close to main population centres, and in using this for more than 80% of the electricity, has enjoyed some of the world's lowest power prices. But climate change concerns have changed the outlook nationally, and South Australia has always been less well-off than the eastern states in electricity options. Half its 5.3 GWe capacity is gas-fired, and its average wholesale power prices are one third greater than in the eastern states. Grid connections eastward amount to only 680 MWe.

Now a left-of-centre Labor government in South Australia is setting up a royal commission into the potential for nuclear power in that state, which already produces two thirds of Australia's uranium – all for export.

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