The UK’s remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.
According to a report in BBC News, coal provides almost a third (28%) of the UK’s electricity, but Ms Rudd said “We are tackling a legacy of underinvestment and aging power stations which we need to replace with alternatives that are reliable, good value for money and help to reduce emissions.”
Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built. Environmentalists are concerned little is being done to promote renewables, indeed, earlier this year the government cut renewable energy subsidies.
“Switching from coal to gas is like an alcoholic switching from two bottles of whisky a day to two bottles of port,” senior energy campaigner Simon Bullock said.