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Germany escapes carbon emissions rise

Located in: Energy and Environment

13 April 2012

Germany's emissions of carbon dioxide edged down by 2.2% last year, even while those from its power sector grew in the wake of post-Fukushima reactor closures. The main effects from the shutdowns have been a cut in exports previously supported by nuclear and the financial impact of this on utilities. 

Fukushima impacts global nuclear generation in 2011

Located in: Energy and Environment

13 April 2012

nuclear_2011 48The amount of electricity generated by nuclear power plants worldwide fell by just over 4% in 2011, primarily due to reactors being idled in Japan following the Fukushima accident and Germany's reflex reaction to close its older units.

Japan-UK nuclear cooperation framework

Located in: Nuclear Policies

10 April 2012

Cameron Noda April 2012 74x48British prime minister David Cameron met with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda in Toyko today as part of a trade mission. The leaders renewed their commitment to nuclear cooperation as begun in the 1960s.

Restart decisions rest with politicians

Located in: Regulation and Safety

10 April 2012

Japanese cabinet four April 2012 77x48Members of the Japanese cabinet have met publicly to discuss restarting reactors while the country's crisis of confidence in nuclear safety continues. At the centre of debate is the potential restart of two reactors at the Ohi plant.

Chinese reactor enters commercial operation

Located in: New Nuclear

10 April 2012

Qinshan II 4 commop 72x48Unit 4 at China's Qinshan Phase II has begun commercial operation. The announcement marks the successful conclusion of the project to add two more indigenously-designed units at the plant in Zhejiang province.

Robots roaming Robinson

Located in: Corporate

05 April 2012

710 Warrior robot (iRobot) 40x48Operation and maintenance work at the Robinson nuclear power plant will be supported by three new robots, recently purchased by plant owner Progress Energy.  

 

Xcel rethinks Prairie Island uprate plan

Located in: Corporate

02 April 2012

Prairie Island 61x48US utility Xcel Energy has reduced the size and delayed the schedule of a planned uprate at its Prairie Island nuclear power plant in Minnesota following a reassessment of the project's value to customers.

Early returns to Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 April 2012

Fukushima area changes 1 April 48x60Restrictions in sizeable parts of Fukushima's evacuation area have been relaxed, enabling some residents to visit at will and work towards a permanent return. Two towns have opened, and a third will follow in two weeks' time.

RWE, EOn pull plug on UK nuclear plans

Located in: New Nuclear

29 March 2012

Wylfa 69x48Following separate strategic reviews, German utilities RWE and EOn have decided not to continue with the development of new nuclear power plants in the UK through their Horizon Nuclear Power joint venture. The partners, citing the cost of Germany's nuclear phase-out as one of the reasons for their decision, said they will seek new owners for Horizon.

IAEA reports on Japan's stress tests

Located in: Regulation and Safety

28 March 2012

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its final report on Japan's revised nuclear safety assessment process. It found that the new Japanese measures are "generally consistent" with IAEA safety standards, but outlined several areas for improvement.


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