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The UK has opened for consultation its assessment of a new financing model aimed at reducing the cost of new nuclear power plant projects by having consumers pay upfront through their energy bills. A solution is needed urgently because nuclear energy is seen as a vital part of the government's commitment to cutting the country's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Seven of the UK’s eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030.

Date: Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-considers-Regulated-Asset-Base-model-to-finance

The UK has opened for consultation its assessment of a new financing model aimed at reducing the cost of new nuclear power plant projects by having consumers pay upfront through their energy bills. A solution is needed urgently because nuclear energy is seen as a vital part of the government's commitment to cutting the country's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Seven of the UK’s eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030.

Date: Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-considers-Regulated-Asset-Base-model-to-finance

The UK and the European Commission signed a contract extension today for the world’s largest fusion research facility, Joint European Torus (JET). The extension secures at least EUR100 million (USD112 million) in additional inward investment from the EU over the next two years and "brings reassurance" for the more than 500 staff at the site in Culham, near Oxford, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said.

Date: Friday, 29 March 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-fusion-scientists-secure-new-funding-despite-Br

Horizon Nuclear Power today outlined the procedure it will follow now that its new-build projects have been suspended. The UK subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi said it had made substantial progress with its plans to provide at least 5.4 GWe of new capacity across two sites - Wylfa Newydd, in north Wales, and Oldbury-on-Severn, in southwest England - by deploying Hitachi-GE UK advanced boiling reactors (UK ABWRs).

Date: Friday, 18 January 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-next-steps-for-Horizon

The UK and Canada on 2 November signed a bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA), which will allow "mutually beneficial" civil nuclear cooperation to continue when current European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) arrangements cease to apply in the UK, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said. This is the third NCA signed by the UK this year in preparation for its exit from the European Union. BEIS said the UK has now concluded all replacement international agreements needed to ensure continuity of civil nuclear trade following Brexit “ensuring a seamless transition for the nuclear sector in terms of its international relations”. Following the signing ceremony in Ottawa, UK Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington said: "These preparations have been recognised as gold standard."

Date: Thursday, 08 November 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-signs-agreement-with-canada-in-preparation-for-brexit-6842088

The UK government has issued technical notices on how civil nuclear regulation and nuclear research will be affected, and actions that will need to be taken by operators, should the country leave the European Union next year without an agreement.

Date: Friday, 24 August 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-government-outlines-implications-of-no-deal-Bre

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation until 14 September on draft regulations that aim to enable a domestic nuclear safeguards regime following the UK's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) as part of its departure from the European Union.

Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-s-post-Brexit-nuclear-plans-face-scrutiny

The UK upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, on 20 March voted by 265 to 194 to insist the UK should not withdraw from the European nuclear agreement, Euratom, until a replacement deal is in place. They also supported a plan which would require the UK to report to Parliament regularly on its future arrangements with Euratom. The government, which does not have a majority in the upper house, was defeated by 50 votes on this issue after cross-benchers joined forces with Labour and Liberal Democratic peers to insist on specific assurances over research and development collaboration and the movement of qualifying nuclear material. However, MPs are expected to try and reverse these changes to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill when it returns to the House of Commons (lower house).

Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-government-defeated-in-house-of-lords-on-plans-to-leave-euratom-6091972

The UK does not yet have new rules in place which will be needed to supply fuel for nuclear power plants after leaving the European Union (EU), according to Angela Hepworth, Electricite de France’s (EDF’s) EDF’s corporate policy and regulation director. There is very little time to replicate vital aspects of the European Atomic Energy Community treaty before Brexit in March 2019, she said on 19 February. “Having a hiatus isn’t an option. Having a time when the UK has no access to fuel isn’t an option.”

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrexit-plans-cause-fuel-concerns-6063340

The UK House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee said in a report, “Brexit: energy security, looking at implications for energy supply, consumer costs and decarbonisation”, published on 29 January that the nuclear power industry presents "particular challenges" in the context of Brexit.

Date: Friday, 02 February 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nuclear-power-industry-faces-brexit-challenges-6043932