Carbon capture plans threaten shutdown of all UK coal-fired power stations

Well, well! As we suspected, it seems that carbon capture might prove too costly for coal. Ed Miliband, the energy secretary, is proposing to extend his plans to force companies to fit carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) onto new coal plants – as revealed by the Guardian – to cover a dozen existing coal plants. The consultation published by his Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) conceded that if this happened “we could expect them to close”.

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SANC slams CCS ‘smokescreen’

On 29 May, we awoke to the news that Longannet was to become the first coal-fired power plant in the UK to capture CO2 emissions – a demonstration of their CCS system was carried out later that day. Our press release is below.

Scotland Against New Coal (SANC) is deeply concerned about Scottish Power’s much-trumpeted small scale trial of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at Longannet power station in Fife. The campaign group, which consists of volunteers from across the country, was established to meet the growing threat of new coal-fired power stations in Scotland. Continue reading