Blair launches energy review

first_imgEmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment ServicesNuclearNew Projects The announcement had been expected and was made during a wide-ranging speech covering pensions, transport, skills, education and deregulation. The speech had to be conducted to a standing audience of CBI members after Greenpeace protesters forced the rapid relocation of the proceedings. Blair highlighted the potential for a power shortfall arising from the decommissioning of old coal and nuclear plants in the coming years. He said that renewable generation cannot fill this gap on its own and consideration had to be given to whether new nuclear build was part of the answer. Twitter Facebook New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Linkedin The review will be led by Energy Minister Malcom Wicks. It will be broad in scope including aspects of both energy supply and demand and will focus on policy measures to help deliver goverment objectives beyond 2010. The Review will aim to ensure the UK is on track to meet the goals of the 2003 Energy White Paper in the medium and long term. The energy review will publish its findings in the summer 2006. Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The emphasis given to nuclear power options has led many commentators to suggest that the Prime Minister has already been persuaded of the merits of nuclear power however the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alan Johnson, insisted that no decision had been made. Blair launches energy review The Review will assess progress against the four goals set by the 2003 Energy White Paper which were to cut the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions by some 60 per cent by about 2050 with real progress by 2020; to maintain the reliability of energy supplies; to promote competitive markets in the UK and beyond, helping to raise the rate of sustainable economic growth and to improve our productivity; and to ensure that every home is adequately and affordably heated. 29 November 2005 – UK Prime Minister Tony Blair today told the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) that he was launching an energy review that would specifically address the future of nuclear power in Britain.center_img Facebook By chloecox – Previous articleAbu Dhabi and Dubai to link grids by late 2006Next articleEndesa begins search for suppliers chloecox TAGSComEd No posts to display 11.29.2005 Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Blair said he believed all major economies would be persuaded to sign to an international agreement on climate change as a follow up to the Kyoto Protocol. He acknowledged the UK’s carbon emissions were set to rise and that the energy review needed to address this. The report will include a review of future gas supplies, as Britain becomes a net importer of gas. Blair said the government would be looking at the capacity of the UK-Belgium gas interconnector and welcomed the development of LNG import capacity at the new Isle of Grain terminal in Kent. The Review will be taken forward by a cross-departmental team based in the DTI, with officials drawn from key relevant departments and will include mebers of the influential Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Malcolm Wicks said, “The Energy Review is taking place against a background of strengthening evidence on the nature and extent of climate change and increasing concerns about the future security of UK energy supplies. This is the right moment to assess where we are in relation to achieving the goals set out in the 2003 Energy White Paper.” Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

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