It was announced last week by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd that the UK would have restricted use of coal generated power by 2023 with it being completely phased out by 2025. In an interview following the announcement Rudd said, “Frankly, it cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon-intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations.”
There is a minor caveat to this in that the coal plants could avoid shutdown if they were to install carbon capture and storage measures prior to 2025. This does not appear likely however, as this technology has fallen to the wayside in lieu of clean energy and renewables.
Currently, the United Kingdom generates over a quarter of all their power from these coal plants. Rudd commented that this new initiative is “tackling a legacy of underinvestment and aging power stations which we need to replace with alternatives that are reliable, good value for money and help to reduce emissions.”
To account for the 25% loss of power that the shutdown will cause, the UK is investing heavily in nuclear, wind, and solar energy generation. Solar energy is probably the most difficult renewable for them to capitalize upon however given the significant cloud cover and rain that is synonymous with much of the UK.
At the same time, there is a focus on keeping energy costs as low as possible for residents. Unlike Global Efficient Energy’s residential customers, UK residents cannot benefit as much from household solar that reduces energy bills. It shows great foresight on the part of the UK government to put keeping prices low as a priority while reducing their carbon footprint.
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