UK coal left behind by Government policy

The UK coal industry, which accounts for a total yearly average of 30% of energy generation, is being dealt a bad hand by the Government, according to the Confederation of […]

By Tom Gibson

The UK coal industry, which accounts for a total yearly average of 30% of energy generation, is being dealt a bad hand by the Government, according to the Confederation of United Kingdom Coal Producers.

Speaking to ELN yesterday, Director General of CoalPro, David Brewer said Coalition decisions were endangering the UK’s security of supply: “Coal output is actually increasing- we think the Government’s energy policy has relegated coal to a relatively low place and we think they will find some difficulty in meeting demand in the future unless they do something to secure the place of coal in our energy economy.”

CoalPro want more work done by DECC on accelerating the affordability of carbon capture projects so the already established coal industry can survive in the UK. They say the impact of green policies is also threatening their existence, as Carbon Price Support will make generation uneconomic for most coal plants.

Mr Brewer warned the UK risked forgetting how vital coal is to providing such a large chunk of our energy: “In winter, when demand is higher it’s coal that fills the flexible role of being able to produce more when more is required. I looked at the figures this morning and as of 10.30am coal was generating 49.7% of this country’s electricity.”

 

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