Media Coverage: UK coal plants must close by 2025

The best mainstream news coverage of the announcement was in the Daily Telegraph here which placed the coal plant closure decision at the centre of the government’s new approach to energy policy.

“Britain will stop burning coal for electricity within a decade and build a new fleet of gas power plants to keep the lights on, Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, has announced. Unveiling a new energy strategy in a speech on Wednesday, Ms Rudd will say it is “perverse” that coal, the “dirtiest fossil fuel” is still such a major part of the UK’s energy system – providing 29pc of the UK’s electricity last year.

The country’s dozen remaining unabated coal-fired power stations must all close by 2025 at the latest, and will be restricted in their usage from 2023, she confirmed ahead of the speech. A consultation on the plans will be held in the spring. “It cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon-intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations. Let me be clear: this is not the future,” Ms Rudd will say in her speech.”

The article has tweets supporting the decision and charts showing the place of coal in the UK generation mix.

And there’s lots of coverage on Greenpeace’s EnergyDesk:

Comment: Why the UK’s coal phaseout is a really big dea

Report: Why closing the UK’s coal plants could save thousands of lives

What does Amber Rudd’s speech mean for renewables?

Can the UK ditch coal without fracking?