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UK academics join pro-Hinkley nuclear project debate

Nuclear Policies

04 August 2016

Nuclear engineering and climate change experts from Imperial College London have outlined the benefits of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in Somerset, England. They have joined the public debate on EDF Energy's project, after new British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet announced last week that it wants to review the deal and decide in early autumn whether to commit its support.

New York approves Clean Energy Standard

Nuclear Policies

02 August 2016

Celebrating_NY_CES_(Environmental_Progress)-48The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has formally approved a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that explicitly recognises the zero-carbon contribution of nuclear power plants and will help ensure their continued operation as it strives to reach ambitious clean energy goals.

Bloomberg sees 60% rise in nuclear generating capacity by 2040

Energy and Environment

15 July 2016

Nuclear generating capacity will grow by some 60% by 2040, but its share of total installed capacity will decrease from 5% in 2015 to 4%, according to the latest annual forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In its New Energy Outlook 2016, Bloomberg also says continued low gas and coal prices will not derail the advance of renewable energy sources and zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of global installed generating capacity by 2040.

UK Parliamentary hearings assess Brexit impact

Nuclear Policies

03 August 2016

Nuclear power and climate change were key topics in a discussion on the potential impacts of the UK's decision to leave the European Union held last month by the Energy and Environment Sub-Committee. The Committee, part of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the European Union, has since published transcripts of the meetings.

UK announces ministerial appointments to new department

Nuclear Policies

01 August 2016

The British government has confirmed the full list of ministerial responsibilities within the newly created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The list was included in a statement today by Greg Clark, the department's Secretary of State.

UK's new premier axes Department of Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear Policies

15 July 2016

The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change has been scrapped and its brief folded into the newly created Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department. The formation of BEIS, which was announced yesterday following Theresa May's appointment as the new British Prime Minister, adds energy-related matters to the remit of its predecessor the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.