The troubled Japanese giant has been forced to buy the remaining stake in NuGen, the group behind the huge Cumbrian nuclear project.Read the full story ›
Former energy minister Chris Huhne has called on the government not to allow subsidies for the nuclear industry.
Since leaving Parliament, Huhne has forged a career as an energy expert.
He was commenting on the termination of a multi-billion-pound nuclear contract, due to a botched tendering process.
No subsidies for nuclear. That was the coalition government policy. It should be the policy again but the government seems to be relenting and saying 'no, maybe we should give a few subsidies', and it's opening the door to exactly a repetition of the sort of disaster that we see today.
It is genuinely the case that for example in Sellafield where there are a lot of research facilities, and which accounts for about 70% of the cost of total decommissioning, a lot of things were thrown away in the 1950s in the urgency to generate plutonium for the atom bomb programme, as well as generating electricity.
Those things weren't properly logged. We don't know what's in the silos, and therefore you need to have a really extensive investigative programme to find out what the problems are before you can clear them up.
And if you find out they are worse than you could conceivably have expected, that's going to cost more money, so that's basically what's been happening, and we've got this enormous increase in the cost of clear up.
Cumbrian MP Tim Farron is urging the government to commit to a "revolution" in green technology, with a zero carbon Britain by 2050.Read the full story ›
Broadband speed and reliability remain a problem in many areas of the region but there are hopes the £1billion for faster broadband announced in the chancellor's autumn statement may make a difference.
However, there are hundreds of rural businesses that rely more and more on the internet to grow and maintain their operation, and who don't believe that today's announcement will help them:
An old sea tale suggests the German U-boat was attacked by a "strange beast" with "teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight".Read the full story ›
One in four people have signed up to use super fast broadband in the Scottish Borders so far.
Around 70% of the region now has access to the service which provides much higher speeds, allowing people to stream videos and download large files.
Friday last week saw the launch of the latest super fast broadband cabinet in Jedburgh but residents and businesses wishing to use the service need to contact their supplier.
Work to secure power supplies to one of Cumbria's most remote locations will start today.
Electricity North West is installing a new cable under Wastwater to continue powering the nearby village of Wasdale Head.
We're pulling together a list of some of the best places in the region to catch Pokémon. Get in touch with your suggestions.Read the full story ›
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is urging Pokémon Go players to take care when they use the app in the countryside.
They're also asking them to make sure they don't trespass on private property.
The group represents thousands of farmers, landowners and businesses in the north of England, and they've issued the following top tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Stick to designated public rights of way as marked on the map or sign posts
- Keep dogs on a lead around farm animals and horses but let the lead go if they give chase
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Follow the Countryside Code
Across Cumbria and the south of Scotland people are visiting parks and local landmarks... to catch rare Pokémon. But what is the game?Read the full story ›