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posted by Dave on 20th May 2015
SSE today announced that their 1GW Ferrybridge coal power station will close by March 2016.  The station is currently not running this summer, and only 0.5GW is expected to run next winter.  

This means the number of coal power stations open in the UK will fall from 10 this year to 8 next year.  This includes Longannet's intention to close by March 2016.
 
Interestingly, SSE cited two reasons for closing:
 
"Ferrybridge is forecast to lose £100m over the next 5 years."
They clarified this further to add that this would be representative of any UK coal power station, and were not necessarily specific to Ferrybridge or from repairing from the fire last year.  Losing £20m/GW/year is not sustainable even for optimistic utilities. 
 
"The political consensus that coal has a limited role in the future, means keeping the station open is not sustainable."
In practice this means the UK carbon tax is very likely to stay, capacity payments to coal may not be so generous in the future, and the Government will be keener to impose tighter air pollution limits.
 

Ferrybridge Coal Power Station

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