“The UK’s remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023,” says this article from the BBC.
Relying on “polluting” coal is “perverse,” says Energy Secretary Amber Rudd.
Instead, she will recommend that gas become “central” to the UK’s future, with building new gas-fired power stations an “imperative”.
Al;though environmental groups welcomed the phasing out of coal, they criticized the plans to focus on gas instead of renewables.
The speech comes amid concerns in some quarters that the UK could suffer from blackouts as a result of short supplies, brought about in large part from the closure of a number of power stations that have come to the end of their working lives.
Tony Lodge, who has published a report on the UK’s energy needs for the free-market think tank Centre for Policy Studies, said Britain was on the verge of an “energy crisis” with electricity demand set to outstrip available supply in the near future.
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“Environmental groups welcomed the move away from coal but criticised plans to focus on gas instead of “very expensive and highly subsidised” renewables,” says J. H.
The cost of which will hit the poorest UK workers and families living below the living wage the hardest,” warns J. H.