Coal Fired Power Stations

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on which coal-fired power plants will be available for electricity generation in (a) 2017, (b) 2020 and (c) 2023; and what the generating capacity in mega watts will be for each plant in each of those years.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department’s Updated Emissions and Energy Projections published in 2014 includes an estimate for the total amount of available coal-fired electricity generation capacity in Great Britain:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/368021/Updated_energy_and_emissions_projections2014.pdf.

The relevant figures are:

2017

2020

2023

Capacity – GW*

16.0

10.8

8.8

*DECC EEP reference case (2014) – Unabated coal capacity based on a scenario of average carbon intensity of electricity generation of 100g CO2/kWh in 2030

The position of individual plants is a matter for plant operators.

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