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Coal Fired Power Stations

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Worthington Baroness Worthington Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the carbon intensity of electricity generated measured in gCO2/kwh of the fitting of emissions abatement technology at West Burton, Cottam and Eggborough coal-fired power stations.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

A recent report by independent energy consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff commissioned by this Department estimates that fitting emissions abatement technology needed to comply with the forthcoming industrial emissions Directive would result in a reduction in plant efficiency in the range 0.01 to 0.13 percentage points:

The impact on the carbon intensity of electricity generated by a plant, measured in gCO2/kWh, as a result of fitting emissions abatement technology can be expected to be of a scale that reflects this estimated range of efficiency loss.

A “reference plant” was used for the purposes of the report and exact changes to efficiency and emissions intensity may vary across the UK’s coal-fired power stations due to their differing designs.

This Answer included the following attachmentParsons Brinckerhoff: Coal & gas assumptions (coal_and_gas_ assumptions.pdf)

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