of Britain’s total power generating capacity is based on coal, a dramatic fall from only four years ago when coal powered almost 25% of the electricity system.
Year by when the last coal power station in Britain will be forced to close. The phase out year was brought forward from 2025 by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Feb 2020.
Energy corporations SSE and RWE shut down Fiddler’s Ferry power station in Warrington, Cheshire and the Aberthaw coal plant in Wales after almost 50 years. Both plants could not compete with the economics of modern gas-fired power stations and renewable energy with Fiddler's Ferry losing as much as £40 million a year.
As of Apr 2020 number of coal powered plants that remain operational: West Burton A and Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal plants in Nottinghamshire, the Kilroot coal plant in Northern Ireland and two generation units at the Drax site in Yorkshire.
Average age of the remaining coal stations. All but the three units are beyond their original intended design life.