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Extracts from NATTA's journal
Renew, Issue 165 Jan-Feb 2007
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Contents

1. Energy Review-RO changes

2. Stern report

3. Policy developments

4. Around the UK

5. World Developments

6. EU Developments

7. World roundup

8. Nuclear Developments

1. Energy Review-RO changes

The new Energy White Paper should be out soon- although maybe later than originally expected. In addition to indicating the governments approach to nuclear power, it will also presumably deal with one of the other issues raised in last years Energy Review- the

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2. Stern views

In his long awaited report for the Treasury on the cost of climate change, Sir Nicholas Stern argues that acting now to cut greenhouse gas emissions would be vastly cheaper in the long run than doing nothing- countering some prognosticators who say that some short term climate

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3. Policy developments Climate Bill

Following the publication of the Stern review Environment Minister David Miliband announced that the government were planning to legislate for a Climate Change Bill which would:

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4. Around the UK

Lagoon Battle

Tidal Electric Limited (TEL) has proposed a 60MW tidal lagoon power generation scheme in Swansea Bay, and has reported estimates by independent consultants that it could be built for £81.5m and generate power at a cost of ~3.5p/kWh, making it competitive with wind

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5. World Developments

Climate Denial

Peter Doran, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago, recently wrote an article in the New York Times expressing dismay that climate change skeptics had been citing his work to back their contrarian arguments. His team had reported localized cooling in one region of the Antarctic Continent over four years from 1996-2000, but he says ‘our results have

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6. EU Developments

EU-ETS ‘a failure’

A study by UK think tank Open Europe has claimed that the EU Emission Trading Scheme will cost British firms around $2.8 bn over the first three years, while businesses in Germany will make almost $1.8 bn selling off unused permits, basically because the initial carbon cap targets were set too high e.g. in Germany. The glut of free permits also lowered the price of carbon credits, reducing the incentive for

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7. World roundup

California Greening

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has endorsed a key recommendation from the states Climate Action Report, a cap and trade system to cut emissions. Some critics have pointed out that, unlike the EU Emission Trading System with its mandatory caps, Arnies cap and trade system is voluntary

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8.Nuclear Developments

Waste Not, Want Not- CoRWM

The report last year from the government-appointed Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) recommended that high level nuclear waste should eventually be buried in deep underground strata at a cost of perhaps £10bn, but said that, since this would take decades to identify and agree sites

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9. In the Rest of Renew 165

Continuing our series on new wave and tidal power systems, the Technology section looks at various marine renewable ideas. In the Feature Malcolm Fowles looks at a novel approach to biomass use- sequestration as well as power generation . The groups and review sections look at the idea of consensus politics- cross party co-operation on climate change issues.

 

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