UK down to five coal-powered stations

SSE has announced plans to shut its Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired plant near Warrington by March 2020, reducing the number of UK’s coal-fired power plants to five.

Fiddler’s Ferry has had little success in the Government’s Capacity Market auctions and its current contract will end in September 2019. Its financial performance has deteriorated to unsustainable levels, with losses around £40m in SSE’s last financial year and the tax on carbon emissions and the European Emissions Trading System have increased costs of operation.

Coal makes up around 4 per cent of the UK’s electricity mix in 2018 and will be phased out by 2025, with gas the major single source of electricity generation.

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