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U.K. to Shut Its Dirtiest Coal Power Plants Within a Decade

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.

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