8. Resources: Energy

Unit 8: Page 118-125 in New Wider World

Homework task

Read the first pages of this unit to learn about the range of different energy types and make notes.  Then, to introduce sustainable energy policies there is a useful Radio 4 programme:

Costing the Earth, “Berlin’s Big Gamble”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q8mqh first broadcast on 29th January 2013, about Germany’s sustainable energy policies, and in particular its decision to cease all reliance on nuclear energy and cut out coal-fired power generation.

Please listen to this programme and also make notes.  The programme will be discussed in the next lesson, and you will need to have considered the points that are made about renewable energy, community involvement in renewable power generation, and Germany’s energy policies.  Note, the spelling of the name of the town which generates its own energy is Feldheim

End of homework task.  The links below are for later use.

Germany & Spain: comparing energy policies. Here are some useful links for case study research:

Nuclear energy

Note: Nuclear energy is dealt with on p.367 of your book in a very short and quite inadequate three paragraphs and a few bullet points. You must try to gain a more detailed knowledge of this important energy source during the case study work.

Spain is a founder member of the IEA and publications about each country’s energy policy are available on the website. Here is the page for Spain.

2011 news story about the change of government and implications for nuclear policy http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP_Political_shift_for_Spanish_nuclear_2311111.html

2012 news story about Garoña nuclear power station closure http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Garona_to_shut_in_mid_2013-1009124.html

2012 article about Spanish nuclear and renewables policies: An Irrational Pro-renewables policy (Word document: hard copy given out in lesson.)


Pie chart showing division of Spanish energy (imported and domestic) from 2012 article cited above

Spain’s nuclear energy history and current policies are explored in this document from the Spanish Renewable Energy Association (APPA). Spain Nuclear Policy

The main website for Spanish nuclear energy is the Foro Nuclear which contains a very accessible range of information aimed at raising public awareness.  (The latest information regarding the shut-down of Garoña can be also seen here.)  http://www.foronuclear.org/en/nuclear-energy/nuclear-energy-in-spain

International Energy Agency.

A main energy website. www.iea.org  FAQ’s and fact sheets www.iea.org/audiencehubs/forstudents and the very useful information foldout on nuclear power www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/nuclear_foldout.pdf

KeyWorld2014 IEA Key World Energy Statistics 2014

Material World, first broadcast on 31st January 2013 contains an up-to-date account of the problems of nuclear waste storage; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q976x (Nuclear story starts 8 minutes into the programme.)




Clean energy information for Spain, from energy portal Reegle  Renewable energy investment strategies and resource availability Renewable energy review Spain 2012 Spain and Portugal lead the way on renewable energy http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/02/spain-and-portugal-lead-the-way-on-renewable-energy-transformation

Miscellaneous links:

Electricity grid and connectedness: Spain as an “energy island”  (2014 article) http://www.renewablesinternational.net/spain-as-an-island/150/537/79983/

“Spain helps out neighbour France in green power surge”: news story (2010) about export of renewables-generated power from Spain to France during French shortage.

Spain’s electricity consumption: http://www.cepe.ethz.ch/publications/workingPapers/CEPE_WP82.pdf



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