Coal Fired Power Stations

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 28th March 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which UK coal-fired power stations supplied the National Grid during the week commencing 26 February 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

All seven of Great Britain’s active coal plants generated at some point in the week commencing 26 February. These are; West Burton, Eggborough, Aberthaw B, Fiddlers Ferry, Ratcliffe, Drax and Cottam. This is in line with the normal functioning of the electricity market.

We have announced measures to ensure that all unabated coal generation will close by 2025. In the meantime, coal can be an important bridge to new, lower-carbon technologies, including gas, and can provide important and economic capacity in the interim period until coal units close.

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