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Sep 18, 2014

Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Developing nations are leading a
revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders,
but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima
have inflated investment costs.

Three-and-a-half years after Japan’s reactor accident shook
confidence, around 25 countries are thinking of turning nuclear
to sustain strong growth and provide cleaner and reliable power.

Sep 15, 2014

UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday.

The Environmental Audit Committee’s report scored the government according to the progress it has made in 10 areas of the environment. Those included air pollution, emissions and climate change, forests, flooding and coastal protection, resource efficiency and water availability.

Sep 11, 2014

Nuclear energy should be kept out of politics: Russia’s Rosatom

LONDON (Reuters) – Nuclear energy should be left out of any political decisions such as sanctions, an executive at Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom told Reuters on Thursday.

A conflict between Russia and Ukraine following the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president and annexation of its Crimea region by Russia has highlighted the issue of energy security over concerns about the disruption of gas supply to Europe.

Sep 10, 2014

Britain risks electricity supply squeeze this winter

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain risks an electricity crisis this winter which has forced the grid operator to take precautionary measures and will mean greater reliance on imports from Europe where operators face their own supply constraints.

National Grid has announced a scheme to encourage utilities to make idle capacity available this winter, something the grid operator had not planned to do until next year.

Sep 4, 2014

EDF Energy expects to bring two UK nuclear plants back online by end-Dec

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – EDF Energy expects two
of its nuclear power stations in Britain, currently offline for
inspections, to be back in service between the end of October
and end of December, it said on Thursday.

The company’s Heysham 1 and Hartlepool nuclear plants were
taken offline last month to conduct inspections of their boilers
after a fault was found on a boiler spine at Heysham 1.

Aug 18, 2014

UK government, green bank to invest in 74 million pound Scottish renewables plant

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government and the Green Investment Bank plan to invest in a new renewable energy plant in Scotland, which will help power a well-known whisky distillery.

The project will cost a total of 74 million pounds. The UK Treasury will raise up to 48 million pounds from a bond issue, while the Green Investment Bank and asset manager John Laing will each invest around 13 million pounds.

Aug 18, 2014

UK govt, green bank to invest in 74 mln stg Scottish renewables plant

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s government and the
Green Investment Bank plan to invest in a new renewable energy
plant in Scotland, which will help power a well-known whisky
distillery.

The project will cost a total of 74 million pounds ($124
million). The UK Treasury will raise up to 48 million pounds
from a bond issue, while the Green Investment Bank and asset
manager John Laing will each invest around 13 million pounds.

Aug 17, 2014

Insight – The cost of caring for Europe’s elderly nuclear plants

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars.

Nuclear power provides about a third of the European Union’s electricity generation, but the 28-nation bloc’s 131 reactors are well past their prime, with an average age of 30 years.

Aug 17, 2014

The cost of caring for Europe’s elderly nuclear plants

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Europe’s ageing nuclear fleet
will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years,
reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant
operators many billions of dollars.

Nuclear power provides about a third of the European Union’s
electricity generation, but the 28-nation bloc’s 131 reactors
are well past their prime, with an average age of 30 years.

Aug 11, 2014

EDF Energy shuts 3 UK nuclear reactors after fault found

LONDON (Reuters) – EDF Energy is taking three of its nuclear reactors in Britain offline for inspection this week after finding a defect in a reactor of a similar design, the company said on Monday.

The firm, which operates 15 nuclear reactors in Britain, said it came across the defect on a boiler spine at its Heysham 1-1 reactor, which had been shut down in June for refuelling.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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