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starting work on the facility itself. The

construction of the ESMF is expected

to be completed by the end of 2018.

At the ceremony, Secretary-

General Linhart pointed out that policies

of nuclear disarmament and

non-proliferation remain among the

main priorities of Austria’s foreign

policy. He reaffirmed Austria’s strong

support for the CTBTO and concluded

that “by building the permanent

Equipment, Storage and Maintenance

Facility in Seibersdorf, the CTBTO’s

links with the host country will be

even stronger”.

Other speakers also highlighted

the importance of the ESMF both for

the strengthening of the CTBTO

verification regime and for Austria

itself, at the level of scientific and

regional development.

| | (18501413), www.ctbto.org

UK Parliament: Brexit: energy

security report published

(uk-par) The EU Energy and Environment

Sub-Committee publishes its

report on Brexit: energy security,

looking at implications for energy

supply, consumer costs and decarbonisation.

Key findings

The report states that Brexit will put

the UK’s current frictionless trade in

energy with the EU at risk. The Committee

calls on Government to set out

how it will work with the EU to anticipate

and manage supply shortages,

and to assess what impact leaving the

Internal Energy Market would have on

the price paid by consumers for their

energy.

The Committee also heard that the

UK’s ability to build future nuclear

generation sites, including Hinkley

Point C, is in doubt if access to

specialist EU workers is curtailed, and

that failure to replace the provisions

of the Euratom Treaty by the time the

UK leaves the EU could result in the

UK being unable to import nuclear

materials.

The Committee found that EU

investment has made a significant

contribution to constructing and

maintaining a secure energy system

in the UK, and that replacing this

funding will be critical to ensuring

sufficient infrastructure is in place to

enable future energy trading.

The report concludes that,

post-Brexit, the UK may be more

vulnerable to energy shortages in

the event of extreme weather or

unplanned generation outages, and

asks the Government to set out how it

will work with the EU to anticipate

and manage such conditions.

Chair’s comments

Chair of the Committee Lord Teverson

said:

“Individuals and businesses across

the UK depend on a reliable and

affordable supply of energy. In recent

years, the UK has achieved such a

supply in partnership with the EU,

working with other Member States to

make cross-border trade in energy

easier and cheaper.

“Over the course of the inquiry the

Committee heard benefits of the UK’s

current energy relationship with the

EU, and the Minister acknowledged

these benefits when he stated his hope

that Brexit would result in as little

change as possible. It remains unclear,

however, how this can be achieved,

without remaining in the single

market, IEM and the other bodies that

develop and implement the EU’s

energy policy.”

| | (18501424), www.parliament.uk

NIA welcomes Greg Clark’s

Written Ministerial Statement

on Euratom

(nia) The UK-based Nuclear Industry

Association NIA has welcomed the

government’s statement on Euratom

and its commitment to update Parliament

every three months as well as

clarity on its intention to negotiate an

implementation period to ensure a

smooth transition from the current to

new arrangements.

Commenting Tom Greatrex, Chief

Executive of the Nuclear Industry

Association, said:

“The Secretary of State’s statement

on Euratom is a useful and welcome

step in setting out the government’s

approach in seeking to secure equivalent

arrangements to those we benefit

from as a member of Euratom.

“The UK industry and research

facilities have been consistently clear

with government about the importance

of these issues since the referendum,

and given the complex nature of

multilateral agreements that will need

to be negotiated, the recognition of

the necessity of transitional arrangements

and the desire for a close future

association with Euratom is welcome.

“Even with a suitable transition,

there remains much work for the

government to do to prevent the

significant disruption that industry is

concerned about.

“There is much still to do in

equipping the UK’s regulator to take

on Euratom’s safeguarding activities;

agreeing a voluntary offer with the

IAEA; negotiating and ratifying

new bilateral Nuclear Co-operation

Agreements with the USA, Canada,

Australia, Japan and others; agreeing

new trading arrangements with the

Euratom community and concluding a

new funding agreement for the UK to

continue its world-leading work in

Euratom’s fusion R&D activities. It is

vital government continues to prioritise

these issues in the period ahead if

there is to be a successful outcome.”

| | (18501421), www.niauk.org

NEI: Nuclear industry urges

prompt next steps for

electricity market reforms

(nei) This afternoon (8 January 2018)

the Federal Energy Regulatory

Commission (FERC) issued its order

responding to a Notice of Proposed

Rulemaking related to resilience

from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Following is comment from Maria

Korsnick, president and chief executive

officer of the Nuclear Energy

Institute.

“We are disappointed that FERC

did not take affirmative action that

would preserve our nation’s nuclear

plants. America’s nuclear fleet must remain

a strategic asset contributing to

energy security, resilience, reliability,

economic growth and environmental

protection. The status quo, in which

markets recognize only short-term

price signals and ignore the essential

role of nuclear generation, will lead to

more premature shutdowns of wellrun

nuclear facilities. Once closed,

these facilities are shuttered forever.

“We applaud the Secretary’s effort

to place this issue on the national

agenda. To that end, FERC’s order

concluded that resiliency of generation

‘remains an important issue that

warrants the Commission’s continued

attention,’ and that its endorsement of

electricity markets ‘does not conflict

with its oversight of reliability.’ The

Commission has opened a new proceeding

‘to specifically evaluate the

resilience of the bulk power system in

the regions operated by regional

transmission organizations (RTO)

and independent system operators

(ISO).’

“We are committed to working

with FERC, the Department of Energy

and other federal and state policymakers

to ensure that America’s

nuclear fleet continues to deliver

electricity reliably and affordably. We

believe the direction to the RTOs/

ISOs to ‘take a proactive stance on

addressing and ensuring resilience’

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