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Those deluded fools who are not true believers nuclear power will save the world were very depressed when the firmly anti-atom French environment minister Nicolas Hulot very publicly resigned from the Macron government. 

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. 

The Big Six energy retailers are set to shrink to five. The Competitions and Markets Authority has given the green light to a merger between Npower and SSE.

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. 

At the time of going to press on this issue of Electrical Review, as an EDF customer myself, I was somewhat surprised to receive a letter from the company announcing my dual tariff would be rising as of this month. 

This, two days after it was reported EDF combined improved nuclear and hydro production raised the company’s core earnings by €544m, with an additional €469m gained through improved wholesale market conditions.

My first point of concern was I was under the impression I was on a fixed rate tariff, and would hear from them regularly should there be a cheaper way of purchasing energy for my home. It is highly unlikely this is an oversight on my part with reading correspondence from the energy giant so, rest assured, this is something I will be investigating further, and will have no hesitation following up this letter.

While it will not affect me too much, there will obviously be households and families who may struggle to pay the increased rate. Time to get online and find an alternative before ’winter’ kicks in?

According to a recent report by Engineering UK, to close the ever-increasing skills gap in the engineering sector, capturing the minds of the next generation must be a key focus for the industry moving forward. Here, as we mark International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2018, Andrew Keith, engineering director at power resistor manufacturer, Cressall, looks at what can be done to tackle the engineering skills gap

Over the last several years, the move to the cloud has stabilized as the applications that could be easily and cost effectively outsourced, were moved to the cloud. The applications left on premise are simply too integrated into local operations or too expensive to move. This forced a change to the way data center staffs manage their assets with some assets outsourced and others still on-premise/at “the edge”.

When specifying heating in domestic properties, underfloor heating (UFH) is increasingly seen as the system that offers the levels of energy efficiency and comfort required. In design terms, UFH provides the added benefit that, unlike radiators, it does not have an impact on interior aesthetics and layouts. This leaves just one perplexing issue; whether to opt for a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system, Steven Rooney evaluates.

Simone Bruckner, director at power resistor manufacturer, Cressall, explains the recent popularity of electric vehicles and the challenges they have yet to overcome. Electric vehicle technology is continually developing through improvements in battery technology, regenerative braking and charging stations and this is only set to continue in order to meet the increased demand for electric vehicles.

ABB explains how a smart automation approach to software and hardware is helping Network Rail achieve its vision of electrification for the Great Western Electrification Programme (GWEP)

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