Comment on Drax end of coal generation

Published:27 February 2020

Commenting on the news that Drax Group is to end commercial coal generation at Drax Power Station in 2021, Dr Jonathan Marshall, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“The accelerated closure of the UK’s coal power fleet shows how rapidly the renewable revolution has changed our power system. Undercut by ever-cheaper clean power, coal units have been struggling for years and closing early is a sign of the times.

“All the evidence now points to a clean energy system also being the best for energy security and for lower bills. A low carbon grid will underpin the UK’s transition to a climate neutral nation, powering our cars and keeping us warm at home. Getting the UK back on track to meet these goals is the next step for the Government, which will surely be beginning to plan a similar retreat from high carbon natural gas."