Coal-Fired Power Stations to Close by 2025
Britain’s remaining coal-fired power stations will be phased out by 2025 in an attempt to cut carbon emissions. The Department of Energy and Climate Change will begin a consultation next spring setting out proposals to close all coal-fired power stations which are not equipped to capture and store their carbon emissions within the next 10 years.
The UK currently relies on coal for a third of its electricity and the government is looking to switch to lower-carbon gas and nuclear plants as part of a new direction for energy policy.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd said, “We are tackling a legacy of under-investment and ageing power stations which we need to replace with alternatives that are reliable, good value for money and help to reduce our emissions. Our determination to cut carbon emissions as cost-effectively as possible is crystal clear and this step will make us one of the first developed countries to commit to taking coal off our system.”
Under the terms of the Climate Change Act 2008, the UK is legally bound to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The change from coal to gas will cut levels by half. It is forecast that the construction of new nuclear plants in Wales and Cumbria could provide up to a third of the UK’s energy demands in future.