Electricity Generation
Energy and Climate Change

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Eilidh Whiteford (Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions); Banff and Buchan, Scottish National Party)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the probable installed capacity of (a) unabated gas-fired electricity generation and (b) unabated coal-fired electricity generation that there will be in the UK electricity system in 2025.

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Charles Hendry (The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Wealden, Conservative)

It is difficult to accurately predict the amount of installed capacity for unabated coal and gas in 2025, as (provided they continue to comply with environmental legislation) the decision to retire old plants, and build new ones, is a commercial matter for individual plant operators.

The Carbon Plan, which was published on 1 December 2011, sets out a range of scenarios to highlight the possibilities and the challenges we will face in decarbonising the economy between now and 2050, using currently available knowledge. At this stage, it is not possible to predict with certainty the most cost-effective route to decarbonisation of the power sector and the scenarios are not intended to present a definitive assessment of a particular technology.

Some estimates of future installed capacity, and the assumptions underlying these estimates, can be found in the following:

DECC's Updated Emissions Projections

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/about/ec_social_res/analytic_projs/en_emis_projs/en_emis_projs.aspx

DECC's Carbon Plan

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/carbon_plan/carbon_plan.aspx

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