Scottish Power is to shut down its 1200 MW Cockenzie coal fired power plant on March 31, 2013 when it will run out of operating hours allocated under an EU-wide greenhouse gas emissions directive.

The news comes soon after E.ON announced the closure of its 1940 MW Kingsnorth coal-fired plant, also in the UK

“The final operational hours will be strategically managed and the station is set to close on 31st March 2013,” Scottish Power said.

Reuters reports that the power plant will run at reduced capacity of 550 MW from next month to manage the remaining operating hours allocated.

The EU’s large combustion plant directive (LCPD) imposed highly polluting power plants to close by the end of 2015 or after 20,000 operating hours from January 2008 unless they fitted greenhouse gas reducing equipment.

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