Nuclear: UK’s Hinkley decision delayed; one killed at French waste facility; EDF moves in west India
The FT and BBC both report on Hinkley, highlighting investors’ concerns and the company’s merger with Areva as the key reasons for the delay. Meanwhile the UK faces an “energy gap”, according to engineers, and the CBI has written an open letter asking for clearer policy on low-carbon development.
In France, a rock slide at a nuclear waste site has killed one person. There was no nuclear waste on the site at the time.
And amid European delays, EDF have signed a preliminary deal to build six nuclear plants in India. Quartz’s Manu Balachandran asks whether the “world’s biggest electricity company can restart India’s power programme?”, where Seema Guha in First Post highlights the likely protests to come for Jaitapur.
Oil oversupply: Impact on markets; China slowdown to fuel glut; slashed shale funding
China’s slowing demand for oil will worsen the glut, reports Lucy Hornby in Beijing, also for the FT.
US energy: Mine expansions test coal moratorium; blocked coal ports threaten inland states; more mega-methane leaks?
An Obama administration move to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test this week as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western US, reports the Daily Mail.
And Bloomberg reports that opposition to coal ports on the US West Coast will threaten the coal industry’s expansion plans and inland states’ economies. Cities such as Portland, Oregon, are drafting rules to block new fossil fuel infrastructure due to climate and health concerns.
Finally, Phil McKenna of InsideClimateNews asks whether hundreds of other gas storage sites risk leaking methane like the one near Porter Ranch – which has now been going on longer the BP’s Deepwater Horizon.
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