UK Ageing Power Stations being turned OFF
The UK Climate Change Act has set a legally binding target of reducing the UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, compared to 1990 baseline levels, by 2050 (DECC, 2008). Specifically, within the electricity sector, the target for renewable electricity is equally ambitious with an aim of 30% of all electricity generation to be from renewable sources (DECC, 2009). The UK electricity system is made up of companies performing different functions, and the National Grid acts as the system operator with responsibility for balancing power supply and demand.
Electricity generation contributes approximately 30% of UK carbon dioxide emissions, predominantly due to the use of fossil fuels. Of the fuel used to generate electricity, two thirds are lost in generation and another 9% in transmission and distribution – a problem which has to be dealt with, sooner rather than later. Table1: A list of coal-fired power stations and their planned closures
Did you know: It will take 90 years to fully decommission the Wylfa Nuclear power station! So why on earth would we go ahead with Hinkley point C Nuclear station? I believe that reducing the amount of energy we use and more importantly the energy we waste is where the efforts should be made and then alternate sources of energy have a chance of meeting the overall demand. Energy Demand Reduction is the official term and should be the order of the day…