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REVOLT Newsletter 375

Revolt news 7/2/2014 Print (pdf) Version

APOLOGY: This issue with January items has been delayed until now. A separate issue is expected shortly in response to the news (and false assurances!) on powerlines and childhood leukaemia.

1. Hans Karow sends this greeting from Canada: A very Happy New and Better Year for all of us! Just wondering whether you know about the Chattanooga case? WOW!

http://www.electricenergyonline.com/show_article.php?mag=&article=550 The link reveals a wonderful futuristic fibre optic smart-grid from the community-owned Electric Power Board (EPB) in Chattanooga.

2. On Monday 6 January 2014, The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency announced that they are progressing to the next phase of their assessment of a new nuclear reactor design for the UK. The UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) is proposed to be used in new nuclear power stations at Wylfa in Anglesey and Oldbury in South Gloucestershire. The assessment follows nine months of preparatory work by the reactor designer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, and the regulators. Furthermore, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, have launched a comment process, as part of the early phases of this regulatory assessment, which enables anyone to submit comments and questions to the company for their response. See:   www.hitachi-hgne-uk-abwr.co.uk.

3. Eirgrid’s East-West Interconnector (EWIC) was voted Ireland’s Best Engineering Project of the Year 2013 by the Irish public. The project is a 264 km 500 MW HVDC under-sea and underground cable from north of Dublin to Deesside in Wales. Project description and news are at

http://www.eirgrid.com/eastwest/

4. After EWIC’s official launch on 20 September 2012, operation was suspended owing to EMF problems (revolt news362). The Eirgrid website (scroll down the news) says: “The commercial operation of the East West Interconnector was temporarily deferred in October 2012 following reports of possible telephone noise interference in the vicinity of part of the land route of the Interconnector.” The website describes limited interim operation from December 2012 and says “The development of a permanent solution to allow the interconnector to operate in its intended mode at full capacity is underway with our contractor and is expected to be in place by the end of Q1 2013.” The flow graph on the Eirgrid site shows present operation at full capacity at least for most of the day-time.

5. The UK industry body Energy Networks Association (ENA) produced a report in December 2013 on phasing of double-circuit high-voltage lines, in fulfilment of actions arising from the SAGE group. Optimal phasing can substantially reduce EMF from double-circuit lines but is not always possible. SAGE had recommended optimal phasing and government adopted it in 2009 as a voluntary Code of Practice. Only about half of the 132 kV double-circuit lines in the UK are optimally phased, whereas some 86% of 275 and 400 kV lines (owned by National Grid) are. The report says that as the policy on phasing is applied the percentage of double-circuit lines with optimum phasing should increase but this will be slow.

6. Revolt’s Position Statement was last updated in October 2009. While it is still applicable it could do with some updating. Comments and suggestions for updating would be very welcome from any member or any reader, by email to Mike O’Carroll. Proposals for amendments will be put to the AGM in October this year. Statements made by the editor or by other parties and quoted for information do not necessarily represent the views of Revolt. Criticism of government and industry, and grievances from members of the public, are in the nature of Revolt's work, though we try to give credit where it is due. Revolt is strictly non-party-political and regrets any offence which may be inadvertently caused.

Statements made by the editor or by other parties and quoted for information do not necessarily represent the views of Revolt. Criticism of government and industry, and grievances from members of the public, are in the nature of Revolt's work, though we try to give credit where it is due. Revolt is strictly non-party-political and regrets any offence which may be inadvertently caused.

 

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