Nuclear makes US comeback
1 January 2006
The need for energy independence and fuel diversity, environmental concerns and growing public support are behind a resurgence of nuclear power in the US, writes Ellen Lask
Nuclear U-turn
1 January 2006
IT WAS hailed as a signpost to a renewables-powered future by the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and enthusiastically welcomed by environmentalists. But the 2003 White Paper that aimed to define a long-term strategic vision for energy policy, combining the environment, security of supply, competitiveness and social goals, now appears hopelessly outdated. Chris Webb writes
Forget Chernobyl
29 July 2005
Leopard changes its spots
1 April 2005
Nuclear energy is re-establishing its credentials, as proponents emphasise its capacity to provide baseload electricity without exacerbating global warming. Technological advances and fears over future energy supply are steeling governments to reconsider decommissioning programmes and to give the green light to new construction. James Gavin reports
Risky business
1 April 2005
The Science may make sense, but plans for new nuclear plant capacity could yet be thwarted by difficult economics. Investor caution remains the order of the day, as prohibitive capital-investment costs and hefty decommissioning expenses run into tens of billions of dollars, James Gavin writes.
Utilities ride out nuclear decommissioning fallout
1 August 2003
The management of nuclear power plant decommissioning provisions is stirring up a storm in the EU. With each member state defining its own policy, there is concern among environmental campaigners that the funds, to be set aside for the dismantling and decontamination of nuclear plants, are being channelled for uses other than their intended purpose, writes James Gavin
Nuclear may leave gap in market for gas
1 May 2003
A pick-up in the economy and scaling-back of plans to expand nuclear capacity could give the Japanese gas business a new lease of life. Promotion of gas-utilisation technologies, the development of an internal gas grid and deregulation progress may also help generate new market opportunities. Tom Nicholls reports
Nuclear dilemma
1 March 2003
Despite being one of the world’s largest industrial economies, Germany has one of the lowest per capita carbon dioxide emission rates in the EU. However, the controversial move to scrap nuclear power by 2020 has raised concerns about how easy it will be to replace – concerns that a new government report seeks to address, writes David Townsend
Decommissioning costs rise
1 September 2000
Nuclear deal agreed
1 August 2000