By Editors of Power Engineering
The UK government plans to force the last eight coal power stations to close by 2025, unless they implement new technology to control their carbon emissions.
The plans are meant to “provide confidence to investors” in lower-emission gas plants and help to “significantly reduce emissions from the UK’s energy use,” the Telegraph reported.
However, ministers expect the eight coal plants, which are an average of 47 years old, to shut on their own by 2022 due to current economic conditions.
The action was sparked by the possibility of changing market conditions, such as a drop in coal prices or a delay in new nuclear or wind facilities, making the coal plants feasible through 2030.
Government officials said it was unlikely any of the eight plants would opt to install expensive, untested carbon capture technology due to their age.
The closure would only be enforced if officials are confident enough replacement power plants will come online soon enough to replace the lost capacity.
The coal closures are paired with plans to award up to £290 million in annual subsidies to support new offshore wind facilities.