Just a quick run down of coming events and an update on whats happening at the nuclear sites.
First the good news:
Plans for a third nuclear power station at Heysham in Lancashire have been put on ice. French company EDF Energy has cancelled an agreement with the National Grid to set up any new connection to the grid from Heysham.
RWE npower and Eon have pulled out of Horizon, the company formed to work on proposals for new nuclear power stations at Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey and at Oldbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire.
In a statement, RWE npower said that the effect of Germany's accelerated phase out of nuclear power had had a knock-on effect on the company. In addition, the global economic crisis had made capital for major projects such as new nuclear harder to come by. Nuclear power projects are particularly large scale, with very long lead times and payback periods, it said. The company is now seeking alternative investors.
However, EDF Energy said all its plans for new stations will be focused on their sites at Sizewell and Hinkley Point. These are at the most advanced stage in the planning and development process.
As of April 1st, the Infrastructure planning commission has changed its spots to become the National Infrastructure Directorate. They are responsible for making the planning decisions on development at each of the new build sites. However, all the same people are in the same roles, particularly the ridiculously offensive panel leader Andrew M Phillipson. They are currently offering us the opportunity to have our faith in democracy crushed at a series of heavily controlled open floor hearings in May. If you are an interested party and you wish to attend you need to let them know by May 4th.
The Big Six Energy Bash May 3rd
The Climate Justice Collective is calling a mass action in London against the UK Energy summit, where representatives of EDF, Eon, Centrica/British Gas, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE will be meeting to discuss how to maintain their control of our energy supply, profiteering from fuel poverty, climate change and trashing the planet. An anti-nuclear block is being organised. www.climatejusticecollective.org
Hinkley Point C?
The land trash at Hinkley Point is now under way. Many of the trees and hedges have been cut down and fences have been erected around much of the site. The bank holiday weekend of the 5th, 6th May & 7th of May is a last chance to use the public rights of way before the footpaths are closed on the 8th. Why not make a day of it? Come and have a picnic and play some games.
Centrica AGM May 11th
Executives at Centrica, (British Gas to you and I ) which is planning to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset in a joint venture with EDF Energy, have warned Whitehall officials that the plan hangs by a thread and could be scrapped if the company does not receive assurances about the future price of nuclear-generated electricity.
This year's 2012 Centrica Annual General Meeting will be held at 2.00pm on 11 May 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1. We intend to have a presence outside to encourage shareholders to withdraw their support for the company's investment in costly and high risk nuclear power. If Centrica pulled out of their 20% share it would have a significant impact on the project's viability.
If you are unable to attend, feel free to contact them and let them know how you feel: Tel: +44 (0)1753 494000 Fax: +44 (0)1753 494001
Our campaign will need to continue, until EDF and the UK government abandon all plans for new nuclear in Britain. If you have an idea for an effective protest or action and would like to get involved in organising, do get in touch.
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