A decision from the European Court of Justice has brought to a crashing halt a UK Government scheme which has already paid out £5.6bn. The money has gone almost entirely to those in business to sell electricity, ostensibly to ensure the lights stay on in winter.
Clearing operations at Germany’s embattled Hambach Forest , to make way for utility RWE’s proposed expansion of a lignite coal mine, were halted by a Munster court. Asked to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, the judges said RWE did not provide sufficient evidence why cutting down the old forest is, as claimed, to maintain energy supply security. They ordered that deforestation be stopped.
Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria are moving closer to collapse. Nugen, owned by Toshiba, the troubled Japanese conglomerate, is laying off 60% of the staff involved with developing its Moorside plant. If no buyer is found before January, then the venture is likely to be abandoned altogether.
Anoop Gangadharan, Yokogawa Europe, spoke to Electrical Review
As the world makes the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the impact on our existing energy infrastructure is significant.
MP for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman recently visited CEF's electrical waste site with the aim of educating people in the recycling of such equipment under the WEEE regulations.
His visit came after a group of local children visited the facility to work on the need for young people to understand how, as a society, we manage waste.