Govt to announce: ‘UK’s coal plants ‘to be phased out within 10 years’

Wednesday 18th November 2015 3am In a move which heralds and hastens the end of opencast coal in the UK the Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd is due to announce today that the UK’s remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 at the latest – reports the BBC:

“Unveiling the government’s new energy strategy, Ms Rudd will say that relying on “polluting” coal is “perverse”. … Currently, coal provides almost a third (28%) of the UK’s electricity, but Ms Rudd will say that relying on the “ageing, often unreliable” plants “cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK. One of the greatest and most cost-effective contributions we can make to emission reductions in electricity is by replacing coal fired power stations with gas,” Ms Rudd will say.”live streaming film Alien: Covenant 2017 online

Update: here’s the Amber Rudd speech

Earlier hints of this impending announcement were provided by stories in the Times on 6th October Coal-fired power stations ‘to close which reported:

“Britain will shut down all its coal-fired power stations by 2023, under plans being drawn up by ministers before a United Nations climate change conference in Paris next month. … It is understood that Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, could announce the plan before the conference begins on November 30.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

“Under the proposals, Britain’s ten coal-fired power stations, the biggest supplier of electricity for decades, would be forced to convert to alternative fuels such as woodchips, to fit carbon capture and storage equipment — or shut. Three coal stations — Longannet, in Fife, Eggborough, in North Yorkshire, and Ferrybridge, in West Yorkshire — have confirmed that they plan to shut next March after the introduction of strict new European emissions rules in January and a carbon price floor tax introduced in 2013.”

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The government is probably only anticipating the outcome of the declaration process under the EU Industrial Emissions Directive, whereby coal power station operators wishing to continue operating after 31st December 2015 have three options. Plant can:

• be entered into the Limited Life Derogation (LLD) and be exempt from the ELVs, provided the plant is closed after 17,500 hours of operation
from the 1st January 2016 or closed by 31st December 2023, whichever is first;
• enter a Transitional National Plan (TNP), which defines a maximum combined emissions ceiling for all participating plant for each of the three
pollutants covered in the IED, declining over time and permitting decision making over full IED compliance to be delayed until 2020; or
• become fully compliant on a plant by plant basis with the ELVs mandated in the IED.

For more information on the IED see Could retaining old coal lead
to a policy own goal? Imperial College for WWF 2014