Updated Coal Power Capacity
By Paul Homewood
Following yesterday’s announcement that the Rugeley coal fired power station will close this year, I have updated the current capacity situation for coal power.
|Capacity MW||MW to close
|Lynemouth||420||Conv to bio|
|Drax||3870||50% to bio|
By the end of this year, therefore, we will be left with less than 13GW.
One of the problems facing both coal power and CCGT is the cost of intermittency. According to official DECC statistics, capacity loading for conventional thermal power plant dropped from 55% in 2010 to 42% in 2014, as subsidised renewables are given preferential access to the market.
Coal has faced particular problems in the last year as gas prices fell, along with the impact of the carbon tax.