Coal Fired Power Stations

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to phase out the use of coal to generate electricity.

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)

Following consultation in November 2016 we have confirmed our commitment to regulate the closure of unabated coal power generation units by 2025. We published our policy detail in the consultation response of 5 January 2018, which set out that unabated coal power stations will need to close by 1 October 2025 unless they invest to reduce their emissions significantly to 450gCO2 per kWh, and that we will prepare the required legislation in good time before the capacity market auctions of 2021/22 (for delivery in 2025/26).

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