List of remaining coal power plants in the UK
|Aberthaw B||Vale of Glamorgan||Planning partial closure.||1,586 MW||48 Years||Running reduced hours from April 2017. Lost EU legal challenge over air pollution rules.|
|Cottam||Nottinghamshire||No plans to close.||2,008 MW||50 Years||“Exploring options”|
|Drax Units 5-6||North Yorkshire||No plans to close.||1,290 MW (coal)
(3,885 MW total)
|33 Years||Units 1-4 converted to biomass. Plans to convert further units to gas.|
|Fiddlers Ferry||Cheshire||Not Clear||1,961 MW||48 Years||One unit contracted to SBR for winter 2016/17, another has National Grid “ancillary services” contract.|
|Kilroot||County Antrim||Planned to close by the end of May 2018. Contract extended by 12 months.||520 MW||38 Years||Not covered by coal phaseout, as Northern Ireland has devolved a strategy for energy.|
|Ratcliffe||Nottinghamshire||No plans to close.||2,000 MW||51 Years||Compliant with EU Directives|
|West Burton||Nottinghamshire||No plans to close.||2,012 MW||51 Years||“Exploring options”|
Timeline of closures since LCPD
Issued in October 2001, the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) aimed to reduce carbon emissions throughout Europe. The deadline of 1st January 2008 allowed plants that did not comply with the strict emission limits to opt-out, whereby they could operate for a further 20,000 hours or until 2015 at which point they had to close.
Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) announced
The Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) announced, stating emissions limits that will be imposed on large carbon emitters.
LCPD Start Date
LCPD comes into effect (for plants built before 1987), non compliant plants could opt-out, whereby they could operate for a further 20,000 hours until 2015 at which point they have to close.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 21
Grain Power Station Closed
1,300 MW Grain oil-fired power plant in Kent closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 20
Kingsnorth Power Station Closed
1,940 MW Kingsnorth power plant in Kent closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 19
Cockenzie Power Station Closed
1,152 MW Cockenzie power plant in East Lothian, Scotland closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 18
Didcot A Power Station Closed
1,958 MW Didcot A power plant in Oxfordshire closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 17
Fawley Power Station Closed
2,000 MW Fawley oil-fired power plant in Southampton closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 16
Tilbury B Power Station Closed
1,428 MW Tilbury B power plant in Essex closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 15
Uskmouth B Power Station Closed Pending Biomass Conversion
363 MW Uskmouth B power plant in Newport, Wales closed pending conversion to biomass.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 14
Littlebrook D Power Station Closed
2,055 MW Littlebrook D oil-fired plant in Dartford, Kent closed.
Remaining coal or oil plants: 13
Last remaining oil-fired power station to close.
Ironbridge B Power Station Closed
The remaining unit of the 1,000 MW Ironbridge B power plant in Shropshire closed.
Remaining coal plants: 12
LCPD Closure Deadline
Closure deadline for all plants opted out of the LCPD.
Industrial Emissions Directive Started
Industrial Emissions Directive became effective, replacing LCPD.
Ferrybridge C Power Station Closed
The remaining two units of the 2,000 MW Ferrybridge C power plant in North Yorkshire closed.
Remaining coal plants: 11
Longannet Power Station Closed
2400 MW Longannet power plant in Fife closed. Longannet was Scotland’s largest coal power station.
Remaining coal plants: 10
Rugeley B Power Station Closed
1,000 MW Rugeley B power plant in Staffordshire closed.
Remaining coal plants: 9
Lynemouth Power Station Closed Pending Conversion to Biomass
420 MW Lynemouth power plant in Northumberland biomass stopped generating and will be converted to fire biomass.
Remaining coal plants: 8
Eggborough Power Station Closed
2,000 MW Eggborough power plant in North Yorkshire closed, to be replaced with a gas-fired station.
Remaining coal plants: 7