EPH proclaims closure of Kilroot coal plant in Northern Ireland

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Czech vitality firm EPH has confirmed that it’s going to shut its 565 MW Kilroot coal-powered plant in Northern Ireland, Europe Beyond Coal mentioned on May 12. The announcement comes amid the UK’s longest coal-free run (32 days), smashing its earlier file of 18 consecutive days because it started burning coal for energy technology in 1882.

According to Europe Beyond Coal, Kilroot doesn’t fall underneath the British authorities’s coal phase-out dedication that can shut down crops by 2024. But the UK’s extremely efficient carbon pricing coverage, mixed with the fast progress of its renewable vitality market, and air pollution limits set underneath the EU Industrial Emission Directive signifies that the plant is not financially viable.

“Global demand for coal power is plunging rapidly and has been in decline in Europe for several years now. The end of coal burning at the Kilroot power plant is part of that broader story, ” Beyond Coal Campaign Director Kathrin Gutmann mentioned. “While nobody would celebrate the reasons for the additional decline in energy demand and pollution that we are seeing currently, it does present us with an unprecedented opportunity to build a more resilient economy with a renewables-based power sector at its heart.”

EPH says it plans to transform Kilroot from coal-fired to gas-fired energy technology after it was granted a contract following the T-Four capability public sale for the Single Electricity Market of the island of Ireland. EPH has not mentioned when coal-powered electrical energy technology on the plant will finish, or when the conversion to gas-fired energy technology will probably be accomplished.

“Gas should not be thought of as a climate-friendly alternative to coal; its high methane content is 34 times more heat-trapping than CO2, ” Gutmann argued. “We need to be making smart investments for the sake of our economies, our health, and our climate. The UK has already committed to a 2050 net-zero carbon emission strategy. It should be making choices that lead straight there, rather than wasting precious time and money burning more fossil fuels.”