27 Nov (NucNet): The European Commission opened what it called “an in-depth state aid investigation” into Hungary’s plans to provide financing for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Paks 2 nuclear station.
26 Nov (NucNet): An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts says safety has improved in recent years at Russia’s Novovoronezh nuclear station, but further improvements are needed such as completing work to bring the station’s various quality arrangements into a single integrated management system.
25 Nov (NucNet): The UK is to double funding for the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s energy innovation programme to £500m (€711m, $754m) over five years, which will help pay for an ambitious nuclear research programme that will revive the country’s nuclear expertise and help turn it into a leader in small modular reactor (SMR) technology, the government announced today.
25 Nov (NucNet): Foratom, the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe, has welcomed the publication of the Nuclear for Climate initiative’s position paper ‘Nuclear is part of the solution for fighting climate change’.
NucNet has marked the 25th anniversary of its founding with a series of events in Helsinki-Espoo in the first week of November 2015 for members, subscribers and nuclear communications professionals.
With Germany pushing ahead with plans to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, Ralf Güldner, president of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF), spoke to NucNet about the future of nuclear, continuing efforts to open a high-level waste repository, and potential economic problems caused by high levels of uncertainty in the country’s power market. Mr Güldner said nuclear is still providing the German energy supply system with “very valuable baseload power”. He said nuclear accounts for about 16 to 17 percent of total power supply and about one-third of baseload supply. The interview is online for subscribers: http://bit.ly/1IrBA9M
Climate change is a global problem and the EU needs to explain to its citizens that without nuclear it will not be possible to meet emissions reduction targets, says Andrei Rozhdestvin, director of Rosatom France. http://bit.ly/1OnMgIZ
The financing of new nuclear is complex and it can be difficult to pin down a precise cost. In this NucNet special report, Lubomir Mitev looks at the way costs are calculated and why there are differences between various business models. Members and subscribers can download the report.