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Coal Fired Power Stations

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Dan Byles Dan Byles Conservative, North Warwickshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many coal-fired power stations were in operation in the latest period for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the number of coal-fired power stations there will be in (a) 2020 and (b) 2030.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

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).

Source s

(1) Table 5.11, Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2010

(2) DECC Updated Emissions Projections, Annex L, June 2010

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