European axe to fall on one of UK’s biggest coal-fired plants

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One of Britain’s largest coal-fired power plants may not survive new European legislation set to come into force in 2016.

RWE npower’s Aberthaw coal-fired power plant in Wales has until now been allowed to continue operating under an existing EU pollution law even though it produces more emissions than other power plants.

à‚  However theCoal plantIndustrial Emissions Directive (IED), coming into force in 2016, will require Aberthaw to comply with the same pollution standards as other plants. This could force the plant to close unless the government can renew its higher emissions threshold agreement with the European Commission.

à‚  Aberthaw was previously granted a higher emissions limit because it is designed to use a locally-mined type of coal that is more difficult to burn.

RWE npower chose earlier this year to run Aberthaw under the “Limited Lifetime Derogation” of the IED which requires polluting power plants to shut down by the end of 2023 at the latest.

“We are working to ensure that Aberthaw Power Station will be able to operate compliantly into the 2020s,” a spokeswoman from plant operator RWE npower told Reuters.

“However, key pieces of energy policy, such as the treatment of Aberthaw under the Industrial Emissions Directive, now need to be urgently clarified for us to make these significant investment decisions,” she said.

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