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Why was one of the UK’s last coal power plants fired up?
One of the UK’s last remaining coal power plants had to be fired up on Monday morning, as low winds meant the National Grid needed an additional source of energy. West Burton A, in Lincolnshire, is due to be decommissioned this time next year, but for the moment it is still at the ready if the UK needs more electricity.
How much of the UK’s electricity generation comes from coal?
Coal only consisted of 1.8 % of the year鈥檚 electricity generation, and nuclear generation made up a further 16.1%. In 2012, coal accounted for 40% of the UK鈥檚 power generation, dropping dramatically to only 1.8% in 2020.
How many coal power plants are there in the world?
This map has been fully updated since it was originally published in 2018, using the latest data from the Global Energy Monitor (formerly CoalSwarm) Global Coal Plant Tracker. It features around 10,000 retired, operating and planned coal units, totalling around 3,000 gigawatts (GW) across 99 countries.
Where is the cleanest coal-fired power station in the UK?
The coal-fired power station owned and operated by German utility company Uniper is located in Nottinghamshire, and has previously claimed to be the cleanest coal plant in the UK. The 2GW plant was opened in 1968 by the Central Electricity Generating Board.