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The latest figures show that there are 17 major coal fired power stations operating in the UK (as at the end of May 2010), equivalent to a capacity of 23 Gigawatts(1).
Of the 17 major coal-fired stations that are currently operational, six are scheduled to close by 2015 under the large combustion plant directive.
There is no projection available on the number of operating coal-fired power stations. However, the central projection for the capacity of major coal fired power stations in 2020 is 18 Gigawatts. This includes those with carbon capture storage technology. Coal power stations currently vary widely in size (from 0.4 to 3.8GW), if it is assumed that the coal power stations in 2020 are all 1.7GW (the current average size) this would equate to 10-11 stations.
DECC do not make projections on 2030. However, the projection for 2025 is 12 Gigawatts, assuming the same average size this equates to 7 to 8 power stations(2).
(1) Table 5.11, Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2010
(2) DECC Updated Emissions Projections, Annex L, June 2010