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Another Coal Plant To Shut Down This Year

February 8, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




Tallbloke has news of the latest coal fired power plant to announce closure this year:



Another 1000MW needs to be found from somewhere else. It’s making for a long list: Fiddler’s Ferry (reported here on February 4th) Longannet, Ferrybridge and Eggborough. 150 jobs are also at risk.


The full news release is here, and repeats the same problems behind the other closures, operational losses in the face subsidised renewables and carbon taxes.



What must be doubling concerning for DECC is that Rugeley was one of the coal plants which had committed to comply with the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive, and would therefore have been assumed to be operational after 2023.

I suspect that Amber Rudd’s promise to shut all coal power stations by 2025 has played a big part in this decision, though it is not referred to. After all, the French owners, ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez) may well have accepted some short term losses if they could have banked on a longer term future.


I’ll try and put out a summary of the latest grid capacity position tomorrow.

  1. February 8, 2016 7:14 pm

    See this conversation. what a mess.

    • February 8, 2016 8:29 pm

      A love in between dear Emily, who has not got a clue what is going on in the real world, and some prat from Carbon Brief

      All to the effect that these wicked power stations might be subsidised to carry on a bit longer!

      • Green Sand permalink
        February 9, 2016 12:50 pm

        Emily might not have a clue about the real world, but she does know what she she wants to do!

        The Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society (CUECS)

        “Commercial Awareness Tips”

        “Follow green/ethical organisations on Twitter who regularly provide updates on their markets and activities. Below are examples of organisations you could follow:”

        Amongst many resides:-

        “Emily Gosden (energy & utilities correspondent for Telegraph Media Group)”

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    February 8, 2016 7:31 pm

    Set this to Queen’s “And Another One Bites The Dust” playing in the background.
    They really are falling fast now.

  3. David Richardson permalink
    February 8, 2016 7:39 pm

    Phillip Bratby – was it a gas powered Honda Genny you were advising??

  4. tom0mason permalink
    February 8, 2016 8:22 pm

    Maybe it should be closed – just look at all that climate changing ‘greenhouse gas’ issuing from those cooling towers!

    • david wilkins permalink
      February 9, 2016 11:29 am

      Will you still be saying that next winter, when we have power cuts, blackouts, and old people freezing to death? I doubt it!

      • A C Osborn permalink
        February 9, 2016 12:38 pm

        It was Sarcasm.

  5. Graeme No.3 permalink
    February 8, 2016 9:40 pm

    Closing power stations looks like the fastest growing industry in the UK.

    • February 9, 2016 9:25 am

      It’s exponential growth and 97% predict that it will soon reach a tipping point.

  6. February 8, 2016 10:34 pm

    You all in the UK are in very serious trouble next winter. If my math is correct, grid reserves have now fallen below zero for your next winter’s peak. For this winter, National Grid said it was ~5% on ~57 Gw including demand side management (paying industry in advance to curtail if necessary). Under half of what is considered safe (min 8, max 12, nominal 10% depending on grid details). That works out to ~3 Gw. Longannet, Ferrybridge, and now Rugeley exceed that by themselves.

  7. February 9, 2016 3:24 am

    What do woodburning powerplants do for particulate pollution ?
    Particularly small plants

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      February 9, 2016 4:15 am

      Seems your question is not directly related to the post but is nevertheless interesting.
      We have a new wood stove that has a catalytic combustor, meets US-EPA regulations for home stoves, and emits only small amounts of particulates. I suspect grid scale plants can do even better. I don’t have the time to investigate further.

      The main processes used in stationary emission control catalysts are selective catalytic reduction (SCR), catalytic oxidation, catalyzed traps/filters for particulate matter and catalytic incineration of VOC emissions. The main end-use industries are fossil fuel–fired power plants, …

      • February 9, 2016 8:49 am

        How’s that are wood burning electric power stations compare to COAL ? was my point
        ..anyone know?
        (I also asked in the Twitter exchange above, no answer yet)

        “17 Nov 2015 India ordered to convert this wood burning crematorium to electricity in order to reduce particulate matter ”

        word burning stoves are another controversial issue. They are banned/controlled in many, many areas.

    • February 9, 2016 8:53 am

      BTW have a story about Drax CO2 claims coming unstuck.

      The don’t mention pollution aspects

      Overall, the commission (paid for by people who buy wood for other industries) “has doubts as to whether the expected environmental benefit of the measure will outweigh the potential negative effects.”

  8. February 9, 2016 7:04 am

    “Another Coal Plant To Shut Down This Year”

    Who needs terrorists?

    The United Kingdom will be put down by its climate extremists.

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