The UK government is prioritizing the need to build new energy infrastructure by shutting down operations of coal power stations by 2025. This marks a shift for the country’s energy policy that focuses on ensuring energy security for the private and public sector.
“Our determination to cut carbon emissions as cost effectively as possible is crystal clear and this step will make us one of the first developed countries to commit to taking coal off our system,” says Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd.
“It cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations,” she adds. The goal is to ultimately be able to provide clean, affordable and secure energy that families and businesses can depend on.
As early as next year, the UK government will begin studying when they can feasibly close coal plants with the goal of restricting use by 2023 and complete elimination by 2025.