UK not to challenge EU environmental regulations on coal power plants - Times London

Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:27pm EST

Dec 29 (Reuters) - The United Kingdom will not challenge the European Union's environmental rules which have led to closure of many old coal power plants even as the country faces threats of power black outs within the next two years, The Times of London reported on Monday.

"We are not planning to break the rules on that," Britain's Energy Minister Michael Fallon was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Britain's coal-fired generators, once the backbone of British energy industry, pumped out 91.86 terra watt-hours (TWh) of power in the first nine months of 2013 down three percent from the year before, according to provisional data published in a report by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

"We see coal shrinking very rapidly from now on, probably contributing nothing by 2030. Coal is going to disappear off the system," Fallon told the British paper.

National Grid has already warned of winter blackouts if investments are not made in new capacities even while Britain's power market is tightening over its ageing power-generation capacity.

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Miner49er wrote:
Fallon would rather his constituents freeze in the dark rather than compromise his politically-correct principles in the face of reality. And they will.

Dec 30, 2013 1:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Miner49er wrote:
Who is more credible, Minister Fallon or National Grid?

Maybe Minister Fallon should take a summer cruise to Antarctica to investigate Global Warming.

Dec 30, 2013 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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