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Jul 15, 2010

UK to review nuclear plan again, shocks industry

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Britain’s recently-installed
coalition government will reconsider the nation’s nuclear power
plans, it said on Thursday, surprising the nuclear industry, but
added targets for first power generation by 2018 remain intact.

The nuclear plan issued by the previous Labour government
was widely consulted on by the Department of Energy and Climate
Change, but the new coalition government says it wants to look
at it again in the autumn to see if it is sustainable.

Jul 9, 2010

UK hydrogen cars are coming – if you can fill up

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s hydrogen fuel cell car fleet may hit top gear within five years, but only if there is enough investment in filling stations, the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association (UK HFCA) told Reuters on Friday.

Fuel cells convert hydrogen into electricity, with heat and water being the only by-products, with a number of car makers including Toyota, Ford, and Hyundai, pushing to commercialize the low-carbon hybrid fuel cell vehicle by 2015.

Jul 8, 2010

Turbine development costs hamper UK wind: Crown Estates

LONDON (Reuters) – The cost of building Britain’s offshore wind farms remains high due to rising supply chain development costs and is threatening to derail carbon reduction targets, the body in charge of UK coastal seabeds said. The Crown Estate, responsible for issuing tenders for offshore wind farms, said that the government should find a mechanism for underwriting the risk of developing new technologies, such as bigger turbines, in order to hit its targets in reducing emissions.

“I don’t think it should be a subsidy or grant, but the government could take some of the risk from a technology developer who is trying to accelerate its programme to match up against the government’s target,” Rob Hastings, director of marine estates, said at the sidelines of the Renewables 2010 conference on Wednesday.

Jul 7, 2010

Analysis: UK government walks a carbon floor price tightrope

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is walking a carbon floor price tightrope: too low and it fails to encourage much-needed low-carbon energy investments; too high and it could raise power prices, sending manufacturing abroad.

With carbon reduction targets and a number of coal and nuclear power plants scheduled to close, Britain plans to introduce a minimum price for emitting climate-warming carbon to encourage investment in clean energy and draw in billions of pounds of investments needed to keep power flowing.

Jul 7, 2010

Government walks a carbon floor price tightrope

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is walking a carbon floor price tightrope: too low and it fails to encourage much-needed low-carbon energy investments; too high and it could raise power prices, sending manufacturing abroad.

With carbon reduction targets and a number of coal and nuclear power plants scheduled to close, Britain plans to introduce a minimum price for emitting climate-warming carbon to encourage investment in clean energy and draw in billions of pounds of investments needed to keep power flowing.

Jun 29, 2010

Norway gas output from huge Troll field shut due leak

OSLO/LONDON, June 29 (Reuters) – Gas production at the Troll
A, Kvitbebjoern and Visund platforms in the North Sea are down
after a gas leak at the giant Troll field early on Tuesday,
Norwegian oil company Statoil (STL.OL: Quote, Profile, Research) told Reuters.

Output from the Troll B and Troll C platforms was also
reduced, Statoil said without specifying volumes.

Jun 24, 2010

UK lights will stay on without new nuclear: Huhne

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s lights will stay on even without new nuclear power plants replacing the aging reactors which are set to close in the next few years, energy secretary Chris Huhne said on Thursday.

Reiterating that the government will not block new nuclear builds, Huhne said that nuclear’s contribution to power generation could fall below the current 20 percent level with no risk of an energy gap if there was sufficient investment in other sources.

Jun 21, 2010

Toyota says UK car sales to slow, market to shrink

LONDON (Reuters) – The British car market is expected to slow for the rest of the year and annual sales to shrink marginally, offsetting a strong start to 2010, the head of Toyota UK said on Monday.

The Japanese car maker also said the new Plug-In hybrid Prius car would be launched in early 2012.

Jun 21, 2010

UK car sales to slow, market to shrink – Toyota

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – The British car market is
expected to slow for the rest of the year and annual sales to
shrink marginally, offsetting a strong start to 2010, the head
of Toyota UK (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday.

The Japanese car maker also said the new Plug-In hybrid
Prius car would be launched in early 2012.

Jun 17, 2010
via Environment Forum

Giant offshore wind turbines invade UK beaches! Will local residents resist?

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By Kwok W. Wan

This time, it was a total surprise.  In a taxi on the road towards the beach, Gunfleet Sands appeared out of no-where and without warning.  Huge offshore wind turbines lined the English horizon.

My last encounter had been a far more distant affair, requiring a helicopter to see Robin Rigg in Cumbria, but Dong’s offshore wind farm was visible on the shore, visible from a car inland actually, and the giant machines pop up and startle you.

    • About Kwok

      "I am an energy correspondent for Reuters based in London, UK. I cover a range of topics including natural gas, electricity, renewables energy, and nuclear power."
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