Drax CEO Will Gardiner spoke to Current± about why ending coal made sense, what will happen to the remaining units post-2022 and how bioenergy alongside carbon capture and storage (BECCS) fits into the future energy mix.
Drax announces it is to eliminate coal from its generation from next year, as it unveils financial results for 2019.
The government is planning to bring the phase-out date for coal generation in the UK forward to 2024.
In today’s episode, Liam Stoker looks at what the clean energy transition is doing to power grids in the Middle East, while Liam and Andy Colthorpe explore the Australian bush fires and the nation’s tricky relationship with coal, set against far more ambitious decarbonisation moves in Germany.
Low carbon energy stalled in 2019 with just 1TWh of generation added, according to new analysis by Carbon Brief.
Secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Andrea Leadsom, spoke to the BEIS Committee on the 15 October, highlighting that the departments “number one priority” is meeting the UK's net zero goal.
According to new analysis by Carbon Brief, in Q3 this year the UK’s windfarms, solar panels, biomass and hydro plants generated 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of power, while coal, gas and oil generated just 29.1TWh.
Coal’s contribution to UK electricity generation fell to historic lows in the second quarter of this year, official government statistics have shown.
RWE is to close its 1.56GW Aberthaw B coal-fired power station in March 2020, taking the UK’s operational coal fleet down to four.