At least one injured after earthquake hits Japan's coast near Fukushima
11 July 2014
Nuclear power plant workers retreat to higher ground after small tsunami triggered by 6.8 magnitude earthquake.
EDF in line for £800m windfall from subsidy scheme to keep lights on
6 July 2014
EDF, which operates most of Britain 's nuclear power stations, could be in line for an £800m windfall via a loophole in a government subsidy scheme aimed at keeping the lights on at times of peak demand.
Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, last week outlined his plan to pay power plants to be on standby from 2018 in an effort to deal with peak demand and the intermittency of wind power.
Most industry experts assumed that the "capacity market" scheme – the cost of which will be passed to the consumer – was designed to ensure that the many gas-fired power stations threatened with closure would be kept open.
But the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) now admits the scheme will be open to all forms of generation including nuclear, which has low operating costs and therefore could undercut its competitors in the auction to be run by the National Grid.