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Five Notable Developments in Nuclear This Week

1. The National Audit Office published a report into the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s progress at Sellafield. The report states that the NDA has made progress with reducing delays and cost overruns since the NAO’s last report in 2015. However, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government Investments, the NDA and Sellafield Ltd all have more work to do to measure, evaluate and communicate progress more effectively.(National Audit Office, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: progress with reducing risk at Sellafield, 20 June 2018, link)  2. Wood unveiled a new technology fund for nuclear decommissioning. The fund will invest in technologies for nuclear decommissioning developed by small and...

Should the Government Re-Evaluate Policies to Keep the Lights On?

Last week Aurora Energy Research published a report that questions the UK’s reliance on interconnectors to secure its energy supply. The report called on policy-makers to improve their evaluation of the risks of relying on links with other networks in Europe. ‘Energy Security in An Interconnected Europe’[1] contends that interconnection can make a positive contribution to supply but only if the right policy framework is in place. Aurora has highlighted the difficulty of relying on interconnectors in a stress event The Capacity Market was created to ensure electricity continues to be delivered when it is needed whilst the UK replaces older power stations and introduces more intermittent...