Coal power facility to stay open for extra two years in blow to net zero

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By Paul Homewood

h/t Philip Bratby


One of Britain’s last coal-burning power facilities is to be kept open for two years longer than planned as the energy crisis deals a blow to the green agenda.

The German energy giant Uniper is poised to keep the unit, at its Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire, open until 2024 after an appeal from ministers – after initially intending to shut it in 2022.

National Grid on Wednesday also left the door open for extending the life of other coal-fired plants.

The moves risk hurting Britain’s ambitions to cut carbon dioxide emissions little more than a year after it hosted the COP26 climate conference, and highlights strains on the energy system following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It is one of four units at its station in Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottingham. The other three were always planned to remain open until September 2024.

Which all begs the question, what will happen in September 2024, when the whole lot shuts down?