New Policy Group Calls for Parity in Policy Focus & Incentives Offered to Renewables and Nuclear Energy

New Policy Group Calls for Parity in Policy Focus& Incentives Offered to Renewables and Nuclear EnergyOther Nuclear NewsInvest in Nuclear to Galvanize Growth, says OECD-NEAJacobs Selected by Moltex Energy to Help Develop a New Type of Nuclear Power ReactorHydrogen / US DOE Providing $84 Million For Project That Includes Installing Electrolysers At Nuclear PlantsFeasibility Study to..

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Atlantic Council Global Energy Center announces Veterans Advanced Energy Week, August 10-13, 2020 - Atlantic Council

I've registered to attend this Atlantic Council event supporting our Veteran's within the Energy Industry and plan to write about my experiences on Energy CentralOur Veterans have earned the right, and deserve, to have greater opportunities in the Energy Industry. Their devotion to achieve mission success makes them valued contributors to the success of the energy transition that is..

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Forgive us our trespasses: forbidden rambles with a right-to-roam campaigner

The law excludes ordinary people from 92% of English land, but that doesn’t stop activist, artist and writer Nick Hayes

As Simon Jenkins notes in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses, were it not for the fact that it sits in 400 acres of historic parkland, Basildon Park house in west Berkshire might almost be a Piccadilly terrace: big, but not gargantuan; elegant and harmonious, but too straightforward to be entirely flashy. Glimpsed through trees on a warm summer evening, its magnificent portico crested by golden sunlight, it rises like a beacon, a sight from which it’s hard to tear the eyes. Even when I’m walking away from it, I keep turning my head to check that I didn’t only imagine it; that it hasn’t suddenly vanished into thin air.

But bewitchment is in the air tonight. This place is ours. Though the National Trust reopened these grounds to visitors in June, those who booked tickets for today are long gone now, it being past five o’clock. Circumnavigating the estate’s flinty, tumbledown perimeter wall, we barely saw a soul – only one mountain biker, doggedly following the same bridleway as us – and since we slipped inside the park itself, having finally found a gap just wide enough to allow us to do so, we’ve encountered no one at all. We stride, willy nilly, utterly free, grasshoppers leaping at our feet, the soft wind in the branches above us. What leafy seclusion. It’s so enveloping, and so soothing, I jump halfway out of my skin when a pheasant shrieks in the undergrowth.

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Is this the end for ‘king coal’ in Britain?

As the black stuff burnt in the UK plummets to a level not seen since the early steam age, we trace its long, deep history and the problems left in its wake

Britain achieved an unlikely status as a power provider last year. Its annual consumption of coal plunged to the lowest level in 250 years. According to figures released last week, a mere 8 million tonnes were incinerated in UK factories and power plants. That is roughly the same amount that was burned nationally in 1769, when James Watt was patenting his modified steam engine.

That invention helped to spark the Industrial Revolution and triggered a massive rise in annual coal use in Britain, which soared to well over 200 million tonnes by the mid-20th century. Now levels have plummeted back to their original pre-revolution state. King coal – once the undisputed ruler of British industry – has finally been dethroned.

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The housing crisis will only get worse under the Tories' planning proposals | Douglas Murphy

A chronic dependence on high property prices is at the the root of the problem – and the government has no imperative to fix it

The Tories’ proposals to overhaul the planning system in England are well-timed, strategically impressive – and utterly disastrous. One of the first big examples of the kind of reform the landslide election victory now allows them to get away with, they are also using the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic to further limit scrutiny of their plans.

But even this red-tape blitz does nothing whatsoever to solve the real problem with housing: a crippling dependence on high property values that has backed the nation into a corner, with neither the government nor the construction industry having any real imperative to build a way out of it.

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Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali

The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protection

More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.

Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together.

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Country diary: an endearing little scrap of life darts round the garden

Talsarnau, Gwynedd: His siblings have dispersed but this young robin remains, and is taking a keen interest in my compost heap

The young robin, speckled brown and bright of eye, perched on the fence by the compost heap. When I lifted a forkful, exposing a writhing knot of thin red worms, in a whirr of wings he darted down and with crammed beak retreated to his vantage point, dropping his dinner to foot level and pinioning it there with a long, elegant leg. He finished his repast, hopped a little closer, gave a quick wing-flutter, and peered intently down again, as though to direct my attention back to his source of food.

From a suitable distance and through a glass trained on the deep nest low down in a holly brake, I’ve been watching and whistling to this endearing little scrap of life – “pretty of note, colour and carriage”, as John Bunyan described the robin – since he and his four siblings chipped their way out of the egg a month ago. There followed a few days of brooding by the hen, with the cock flying daylong to and fro with a beak full of green caterpillars, which he’d give to his mate to feed the fledglings.

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Discussing the role of the electricity sector in a post-COVID recovery

July 27, 2020Enel Foundation recently contributed to the 123rd issue of the Oxford Energy Forum dedicated to COVID-19 and energy transition, published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Our research team wrote a piece on the importance of a clean and resilient electricity sector for a post-COVID recovery.The published issue probes the future of the power..

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Power Plant Items: August 6, 2020

This is a list of public-source items on developments in power plant construction and retirements, generally updated on Thursdays. If you have comments or have an item to add to an upcoming list, please contact me. For the time being this is an experiment.  If you find it useful let me know.  Thanks.Note: The initial source for many of these items is Energy News Network..

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Three women injured swimming with whales in Australia in space of a week

Alicia Ramsay was hit by humpback whale’s fin days after two others injured swimming at tourist hotspot Ningaloo reef

A woman snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, on the north-west coast of Western Australia, has become the third person to be injured by a humpback whale there in less than a week.

The woman, Alicia Ramsay, 30, was flown to Royal Perth hospital with rib fractures on Thursday after being hit by the whale, which was swimming nearby with its calf.

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Saudi Arabia Reported to Acquire Uranium Mill Technology from China to Make Yellowcake

The New York Times reported on August 6, 2020, that a U.S. government classified intelligence analysis includes an assessment that Saudi Arabia, working with China, was building a facility to convert uranium ore into yellowcake.This is an intermediate step for producing either commercial nuclear fuel (3-5% U235) or weapons grade highly enriched uranium (80% or more U235).The newspaper article..

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EGLE awards $1.7 million for 36 EV charger stations

Drivers of electric vehicles will have more locations to recharge their vehicle’s batteries as they travel across Michigan through $1.7 million in grants announced today by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for direct current fast chargers (DCFC) along well-traveled routes, which will make it more convenient for drivers to reach their..

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BP underscores commitment to energy transition

BP is making a strategic decision to be a leader in the energy transition. I'm thinking the new BP stands for "British Preservation" with the push for zero carbon energy in this announcement. This energy transition is going to require careful planning, coordination and strong leadership. Today we rely on natural gas generators to insure a reliable electric system, which is an..

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Germany could produce cost-competitive hydrogen at $1/kg in 2050, says report

Ambitious cost reductions discussed in this article Join me Tuesday for;Offshore wind and hydrogen – the essentials | Energy Central  

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a giant pangolin and a tiny hummingbird

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