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Skills vital to keeping the lights on, warns Prospect

18 November 2015

The lights will go out in the UK unless urgent action is taken to embed an integrated energy policy that encourages investment in skills as well as infrastructure, energy union Prospect has warned.

Hinkley deal opens the door to skilled jobs and a low-carbon future, says Prospect

21 October 2015

The largest union for nuclear industry employees welcomes the signing of a deal between EDF Energy and the China General Nuclear Power Corporation which paves the way for a final investment decision on new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point C, Somerset, and other UK infrastructure projects.

Drax’s exit from carbon capture is a body blow to low-carbon energy

25 September 2015

Energy workers’ union Prospect has warned that Drax’s decision to pull out of a £1bn carbon capture project will be a “body blow to low-carbon energy generation for the UK”.

Prospect hails £2bn Hinkley guarantee as key step towards low carbon future

21 September 2015

Prospect has welcomed the government’s £2bn support for the construction of Hinkley Point C.

Mr Frostbite: a tale of survival and courage

15 September 2015

Sixteen years ago Nigel Vardy suffered life-changing injuries on a climbing expedition. Today he still climbs mountains, works in an electricity control room and gives motivational talks under the name Mr Frostbite. Katherine Beirne meets him

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Energy road map needed

News that EDF’s new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant will not be operational by 2023 proves the government needs to set out a clear road map outlining how the lights are going to stay on, energy union Prospect has said.

Eggborough’s closure widens the capacity gap

Britain will face an energy shortage due to the lack of incentives to invest in non-renewable power, Prospect has said.

HPC a step closer

Prospect has welcomed the announcement of Hinkley Point C contracts being signed with key contractors but warned that the skills challenge facing the UK cannot be underestimated.

Act now or risk blackouts

National Grid's announcement about the tight winter electricity margins shows there is a chronic need to invest in capacity and introduce a coherent plan for the transition to low-carbon generation.

NuGen deal is welcome

Prospect has welcomed news that UK nuclear new-build developer NuGen has signed a deal with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the land contract at Moorside, near Sellafield in Cumbria.

Prospect welcomes CMA report

Prospect has welcomed the provisional findings of the investigation into the UK energy market conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority.

Closures delayed at two power stations

Prospect, the union for energy professionals, welcomed the news that members at the Killingholme and Brigg power stations have been awarded another 10 months’ work after securing a contract which will delay the planned closure of both plants.

More detail needed on Magnox cuts

More detail is needed about how nuclear decommissioning company Magnox Ltd plans to cut up to 1,600 jobs in the UK, said Prospect, the largest union for nuclear industry employees.

UK women in nuclear campaign for change

Only 7% of engineering professionals in the UK are female – the lowest in Europe – and women working across the nuclear industry are determined to change that.

Sellafield continuity essential

Commenting on the news that the government is expected to terminate the £9bn contract awarded to the consortium managing and operating the Sellafield site, nuclear union Prospect has called for continuity in operations to be maintained.

UK women in nuclear pool skills for their industry

Women in the UK nuclear industry have linked up to address the sector's gender balance, improve the numbers of women in leadership and engage with the public on nuclear issues

Act to keep the lights on

Responding to the assessment from National Grid about the tight winter power capacity, Prospect, the union for energy professionals, said there is a chronic need to invest now in generating capacity.

Hinkley green light welcome

Prospect - the largest union for nuclear industry employees - has welcomed the positive decision by the European Commission, which should pave the way to the construction of Hinkley Point C.

EU set to back Hinkley Point C

Prospect has welcomed the latest indication that the European Commission will make a positive decision on Hinkley Point C – Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation.

EDF nuclear staff to ballot on three-year pay deal

Prospect is recommending that members in EDF Energy Nuclear Generation accept an improved three-year pay offer – with a 2.5% increase in 2014 – as the best that can be achieved by negotiations.

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