Scotland’s last coal-fired plant has shut down thanks to renewable energy

Scotland’s last coal-fired plant has shut down thanks to renewable energy

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Coal has been the major source of energy production for the last 115 years in Scotland, and thanks to renewable energy, the last coal-fired plant has finally been shut down.
Longannet Power Station, located north of Edinburgh, was closed due to several reasons, including the need to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions, rising costs of maintenance, carbon taxes and transmission charges. It was once the largest coal plant in all of Europe and had been in operation for 46 years with a capacity of 2.4GW.
Unfortunately, the plant also released 9.5 million tons of CO2 in 2013, which amounts to nearly 20% of Scotland’s total emissions. The following year it was named one of the top 30 polluting plants in the EU.
Generation Director at Scottish Power, the operator of Longannet, Hugh Finlay said, “Coal has long been the dominant force in Scotland’s electricity generation fleet, but the closure of Longannet signals the end of an era. For the first time in more than a century no power produced in Scotland will come from burning coal.”
The Scottish government has a plan to have all electricity generated through renewable energy by 2020 and the country refuses to consider new nuclear for the future (unlike the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) interests in nuclear and fracking.)

Posted By Sally on April 1, 2016 | 0 Comment

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