Another Coal Plant To Shut Down This Year
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.