French power company EDF intends to close its last 2 GW coal-fired power plant near Retford, in Nottinghamshire, England, Ecotown reports.
Four 500 MW coal units will operate over the next 18 months only to meet agreed grid commitments. The West Burton A power plant will be decommissioned by the end of September 2022 – two years ahead of the government's climate change plan to end coal-fired power generation.
Last year, coal accounted for about 1.6% of UK generation and its use was limited to ensure balancing during high demand or to fill limited capacity in the grid.
Over the past 30 years, the capacity of dirty power plants in the United Kingdom has declined from over 40 GW in 1990 to 20 GW in 2015 and less than 9 GW in 2019.
In January 2018, the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) unveiled a plan to phase out the last eight coal-fired power plants. In December 2020, the British government began consultations to move the deadline for the phase-out of coal from the country's energy grid by one year, from October 2025 to October 1, 2024.
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