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WELSH MPs presented an anti-nuclear petition to Downing Street yesterday as opposition hardens to the idea of a new generation of nuclear power stations.
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Britain could face widespread electricity blackouts unless there is urgent investment in a new fleet of gas-fired power stations, according to an influential group of MPs.
This strategy should encompass a full range of power supplies, including making full use of this region's remaining coal stocks. Such an approach would negate the risk of fuel shortages if, for example, wind power and other politically-favourable renewable energy sources fail to produce sufficient electricity to meet public demand.
LONDON (Reuters) - A parliamentary committee on Sunday rejected any government dash for nuclear power to meet looming energy needs, delivering an apparent blow to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Energy minister Malcolm Wicks says that the latest review will uphold the diversity of supply sources and help households become more fuel-efficient
Energy policy should be about good economics, not about enforcing a particular lifestyle.
A committee of MPs claims Britain could face widespread power-cuts unless there is urgent investment in a new fleet of gas-fired power stations.
April 14 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's government today begins considering whether to build a new generation of nuclear power stations, adding to a series of decisions due that may hurt his popularity, polling analysts say.
The Prime Minister has been urged to commit the country to generating 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.
John Quigley, the Scottish secretary of Amicus, has said that the union is sceptical about relying on renewable energy - wind and wave power - to fill the gap when nuclear stations have to be decommissioned.
Offshore wind energy in the UK is unlikely to reach its full potential unless there is additional support from the government, a report shows.
THE number of wind turbines in Scotland will have almost to double over the next four years for Labour to meet its renewable energy targets, a new report reveals.
The following submission first discusses BWEA’s position on the headline issues before turning to detailed responses to the five questions and four issues on which Government sought views. We are also including four appendices, which address the development of onshore wind, offshore wind and marine renewables, as well as the combined contribution that these technologies plus wind microgeneration can make to our power supplies in 2020. We believe that the evidence we are presenting makes a strong case for setting a firm target of 20% of our electricity from renewable generators in 2020. If this is done it will show that the UK Government is serious in setting this country on a course towards its longterm carbon reduction goals as well as increasing the security of our energy supplies.
Because of the pressures on the countryside in the North East, DCPRE, perhaps more than its parent organisation, has considered the effects of wind farms both in terms of their impact on the landscape, including the people who live and seek recreation there and on their effectiveness on the climate, particularly how they affect emissions of greenhouse gases. DCPRE considers that the impact of structures such as wind turbines on the countryside is potentially very severe and is most concerned about the potential cumulative effect of them. Editor's Note: Submitted as a 'Consultation' to the Department of Trade and Industry
March 29 UK Prime Minister Tony Blair called for a technological revolution such as the creation of the Internet to fight global warming.
....Britain's networks that quietly transmit and distribute energy are the envy of Europe with a reliability rating of 99.98 per cent for distribution and over 99.99 per cent for transmission. It seems reasonable to surmise that this reliability would fast go into reverse with large numbers of micro solar and wind generators feeding in unpredictable small amounts of power.
LONDON Britain said Tuesday that it would miss its own target to cut carbon dioxide emissions by about one-fifth, damaging Prime Minister Tony Blair's bid to lead the war on climate change and attracting scorn from environmentalists.
Renewable forms of energy have been ruled out to provide all of Scotland’s needs and instead the government could look to nuclear energy (The Scotsman).
Philip Bowman, the new chief executive of ScottishPower, yesterday attacked the planning constraints that slow the growth of renewable energy in the UK and he urged the government to stump up greater investment for renewable technology.