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UK may delay closure of coal power stations due to energy crisis

UK may delay closure of coal power stations due to energy crisis
Government has contacted EDF Energy about keeping Lincolnshire plant open beyond planned 2024 シャットダウン

The government is considering delaying the closure of some of the UK’s last remaining coal-fired power stations due to the impact of the energy crisis and the war in ウクライナ.

The West Burton A coal-fired plant in Lincolnshire is scheduled to close this year, の前に 2024 deadline for all coal power stations, but government officials have approached energy company EDF to find out if the closure can be delayed and the 発電所 kept online.

The move comes amid heightened concern about use of Russian gas in the UK, which accounts for up to 4 per cent of gas burnt.

The UK remains dependent on gas not to fire home-heating systems and for cooking, as well as for electricity. いくつか 37 per cent of electricity demand in 2021 met by gas power stations.

The rapid phase out of coal in the UK means around just 2 per cent of the energy mix is met by coal-fired power stations, of which there are now just three remaining.

As recently as 2012, coal accounted for 40 per cent of the UK’s power generation, which fell to 25 のパーセント 2015 そして 2 パーセント 2019.

EDF confirmed to 独立者 the government had been in touch with the firm in relation to the timing of its closure, but for now it is still on track to close in September 2022.

A spokesperson for EDF said: “Half of West Burton A power station has been available to supply electricity during peak times over the winter; the other half commenced decommissioning last summer.

The plan is to start decommissioning the final two units at the start of October 2022, and many processes have already been put in place to achieve that, including reducing the site’s staffing numbers and running down the coal stock.”

A government spokesperson told 独立者: “The UK remains committed to ending the use of coal power by 2024. We will be setting out plans to boost our long-term energy resilience and domestic supply shortly.

“The operation of UK coal plants is ultimately a commercial matter and we have made no formal request to EDF.”

Boris Johnson is also backing further renewable and nuclear expansion in Britain to help reduce dependency on imports of 化石燃料.

He is expected to outline an energy security strategy this week.