The U.K. plans to close all coal plants that haven’t been upgraded with cleaning technology by 2025 as the government signaled an exit from the world’s most widely used power-plant fuel.
There will be a consultation next spring on the closing of all “unabated” coal-fired stations, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said Wednesday in a statement. The government will restrict their use from 2023.
“It cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the U.K. to be relying on polluting, carbon-intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations,” Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said. “Let me be clear: this is not the future.”
Gas and nuclear are both central in plans to secure energy supplies in the future and those technologies will replace aging coal-stations, Rudd will say in a speech Wednesday, according to separate prepared remarks e-mailed by her office.
Coal accounted for 30 percent of the nation’s electricity last year, with gas at 31 percent and nuclear at 18 percent, respectively, according to government data.