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Report: U.K. Can Go Straight From ‘Coal To Clean’

The Guardian:

The U.K. has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued. The gap can instead be filled by renewables, battery storage and flexible technologies, allowing the U.K. to go from “coal to clean” and skip new gas completely, according to a report by the environmental group.

The analysis challenges the orthodoxy that phasing out coal will require large new gas plants. Gareth Redmond-King, the WWF’s head of climate and energy, urged ministers to ensure the review does not open the door to gas.

He said: “If we don’t need large-scale gas, if it can’t compete with renewables and there’s no need for it, why would you need a route to market for it? It is essential the government does not substitute one dirty power source for another.”

The last large gas plant to be built in the U.K. was in Carrington in 2016 – the first since 2012.

Using official government forecasts, the WWF found that the growth in electricity produced by wind, solar and other renewables would more than replace the lost power from old coal plants. Around 95% of that renewable energy capacity is already being built or contracted under government subsidy deals. Most of the growth will come from windfarms out at sea.

The government has allocated a £557 million pot of funding for more renewables subsidies between now and 2025. That should bring forward the remainder of the new capacity needed as coal drops off the grid.

More: ‘From Coal To Clean’ – UK Does Not Need To Turn To Gas, Says WWF

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