Bioethanol producer Vivergo Fuels to close for good

The company cites the government’s delay in implementing the E10 fuel – which contains more bioethanol than traditional petrol – as one of the reasons

Rugeley Power Station to close in June

The owner of Rugeley Power Station has confirmed the facility will be closed in June, with the loss of 120 jobs. The announcement comes three months after ENGIE said the 1GW plant is expected to cease operations this summer “due to the deterioration in market conditions” for coal generation. The news follows the government’s plans […]

Rugeley coal station closure puts 150 jobs at risk

Plans to close Rugeley coal-fired power station in Staffordshire have been announced. The 1GW plant is expected to cease operations this summer “due to the deterioration in market conditions” for coal generation in the UK as a result of increases in carbon costs and continued fall in power prices, operator ENGIE said. The power station […]

Ironbridge power plant stops generating electricity

A power station in Shropshire is to permanently close after 46 years of generating electricity. Ironbridge Power Station, originally coal-fired, was converted to burn wood pellets to reduce emissions ahead of its planned closure this year. The historic plant was capable of generating up to 1,000MW from two units at full capacity but the output […]

Longannet coal power plant to close next March

Scotland’s last coal-fired power plant is to close at the end of March next year. Owner ScottishPower said the combination of high carbon taxes and transmission charges means running Longannet Power Station “is uneconomic”. It follows National Grid’s decision not to award the facility a contract for grid balancing services. The power station will now […]

End to onshore wind support ‘puts £10m under threat’

The UK Government’s decision to end support for onshore wind could threaten £10 million of investment at a Scottish eco park. The government is scrapping subsidises for new onshore wind projects in April 2016 – a year earlier than expected. Binn Eco Park, a former landfill site, is now home to waste recovery, recycling facilities and an anaerobic digestion plant. […]

UK shale firm IGas to cut more than 25% staff

Shale gas company IGas plans to cut more than a quarter of its staff and close an office in Stirling. The company, which has around 200 employees, said the cuts were due to the lower price of oil. It said: “In light of the prevailing oil price environment, IGas has undertaken a review of its […]

London gas plant set to Bark no more?

The owners of Barking power station in east London could shut up shop in two years because it is no longer economic to run a gas plant. Today Barking Power announced talks with staff on closing the 1,000 megawatt (MW) combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant – one of the more efficient types. But the […]

UK Coal boss resigns

The boss of mining business UK Coal has resigned ahead of the company’s managed closure after it went into administration. Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCullough joined the coal firm 18 months ago from his role as Chief Operating Officer at npower. Last year Mr McCullough told audiences at Energy Live 2013 the UK should make […]

Grangemouth would “still be open if it had access to cheap shale gas”

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant would most likely still be open if it had access to cheap shale gas according to an oil and gas services investment firm. The plant owner INEOS announced the closure yesterday, after it failed to drum up enough support from workers for its ‘survival plan’ which froze pay and made changes […]