UK Power Generation to Go Coal-Free by 2025

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's Department of Energy & Climate Change has had an idea on how to stop us melting bits of Greenland every time we cave in and put the kettle on for something to do -- binning all of our coal-fired power stations.

Use of coal-fired electricity plants will be restricted by 2023, ahead of a full switch off in 2025, as the government sets out a "new direction for energy policy" for the nation. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced the move today, in a speech that said: "We are tackling a legacy of underinvestment and ageing power stations which we need to replace with alternatives that are reliable, good value for money, and help to reduce our emissions. 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."

A consultation with the energy industry will begin next year to set out a specific timetable for the closure, with the ambition being to build "a new energy infrastructure" based around greener, more sustainable, less polluting... gas?

Yes, it's gas-fired electricity generation that'll take up the bulk of the burden from the coal industry, not solar, tidal, or wind-farming all of Scotland, with Rudd explaining that: "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. Gas is central to our energy secure future. In the next 10 years, it’s imperative that we get new gas-fired power stations built." []

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