Austria moves towards carbon neutrality with shutdown of last coal plant

The move means the country becomes the second European country to totally eliminate coal from electricity production

RWE to shut coal-fired power plant in Wales next year

The Aberthaw B power station, which directly employs around 170 people, will be closed on 31st March 2020

SSE to close its last coal-fired power plant in Cheshire

It is currently consulting with 158 employees at the Fiddler’s Ferry site as well as trade unions

Dutch Government demands early closure of coal power plant to cut emissions

Vattenfall says closing Hemweg-8 four years early will have ‘major consequences’ for its production operation and its employees

Lloyds Banking Group to stop financing new coal plants

It has also committed to power five million homes through supporting renewable projects in the UK by 2020

Half of Brits back coal with carbon capture technology

Around 50% of the public would back the construction of coal and gas plants with carbon capture and storage technology. A new survey of 2,009 people by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) also revealed 35% said the government’s first priority for generating power should be enough to meet all domestic and industrial needs. A […]

Drax plans UK gas plant and battery facility

Drax has applied to convert two of its remaining coal-fired units to gas and build a battery storage plant in the UK. It plans to create up to 3.6GW of new gas generation capacity and 200MW of battery storage. The energy company said the upgrade would enhance Drax Power Station’s flexible and responsive capability. However, […]

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 […]

Could a hybrid system halve coal plant emissions?

Slashing greenhouse gas emissions hasn’t always been an easy task for the coal industry but a new process is believed to potentially change that. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been working on a plan to find a cleaner way to use coal and reduce emissions. The method proposed by Professor Ronald […]

SSE to keep Fiddler’s Ferry coal plant open an extra year

A coal-fired power plant in Cheshire is to remain open until at least March 31st next year. SSE said the 1,455MW Fiddler’s Ferry plant has secured a one-year contract to provide ancillary services to National Grid starting today. It covers one of the three available units at the site which employs 213 people. The energy […]