List of active coal fired power stations in the United Kingdom

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There are currently 7 active coal fired power stations operating in the United Kingdom which have a total generating capacity of 11GW.

Phase-out of coal in the United Kingdom[edit]

In November 2015, it was announced by the UK Government that all coal fired power stations would be closed by 2025.[1]

Ironbridge ceased operations in late 2015. Then in 2016, three power stations closed at Rugeley, Ferrybridge and Longannet. Eggborough closed in 2018 and has been granted consent to convert into a gas fired power station. Lynemouth power station was converted to run on biomass in 2018 and Uskmouth is being converted. It has been announced that Cottam will close in 2019 and Kilroot will also close imminently.

In May 2016, for the first time solar power produced more electricity than coal, producing 1.33TWh compared to 0.9TWh from coal.[2] On 21 April 2017, for the first time since the 19th century, the UK had a 24-hour period without any generation from coal power.[3] As of 2018, the use of coal power is decreasing to historic lows not seen since before the Industrial Revolution. Coal supplied 5.4% of UK electricity in 2018, down from 7% in 2017, 9% in 2016, 23% in 2015 and 30% in 2014.[4] In 2018, coal produced 15 TWh of electricity and Britain went 1856 hours free from coal electricity generation, up from 624 hours in 2017.[5]

List of active power stations[edit]

Name Location Owner Date Commissioned Total capacity (GW) CO2 Mt (2014) Notes Image
Drax Units 5 & 6 North Yorkshire Drax Group 1987 1.29 16.60 Units 1–4 run on biomass[6] with plan to convert two current coal units to gas, plus battery storage by 2023–24.[7] Drax Power Station Northern Cooling Towers - geograph.org.uk - 1219824.jpg
Ratcliffe on Soar Nottinghamshire Uniper 1968 2.00 9.22 No plans to close. View from Winking Hill - geograph.org.uk - 319133.jpg
Fiddlers Ferry Cheshire SSE plc 1971 1.96 6.86 One unit contracted to SBR for winter 2016/17, another has National Grid "ancillary services" contract. Two other units to remain available. Fiddlers Ferry power station - geograph.org.uk - 205758.jpg
West Burton A Nottinghamshire EDF Energy 1968 2.00 9.21 No plans to close. View from Upper Ings Lane - geograph.org.uk - 285251.jpg
Cottam Nottinghamshire EDF Energy 1969 2.00 8.85 Plans to close in September 2019.[8] Harvesting in the shadow of the power station - geograph.org.uk - 209223.jpg
Aberthaw B Vale of Glamorgan RWE npower 1972 1.58 6.04 No plan to close. Co-fires biomass. Aberthaw power station.jpg
Kilroot County Antrim AES Corporation 1982 0.52 2.15 Will remain operational to at least winter 2018-19.[9] Kilroot power station, Carrickfergus - geograph.org.uk - 278551.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gosden, Emily (18 November 2015). "UK coal plants must close by 2025, Amber Rudd announces". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ Carrington, Damian (7 June 2016). "UK solar eclipses coal power over month for first time". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ "British power generation achieves first ever coal-free day". The Guardian. London. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. ^ Evans, Simon (10 February 2016). "Countdown to 2025: Tracking the UK coal phase out". Carbon Brief. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. ^ http://www.mygridgb.co.uk/coal-tracker/
  6. ^ "Fourth biomass unit conversion - Drax". 17 January 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ "More local events to discuss gas and battery project - Drax". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ "EDF Energy to end power generation at Cottam". Reuters. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ "UK expected to use coal for power in winter". 11 Sep 2018.