Phasing out coal: consultation on introducing emissions limits on the Capacity Market

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Under new proposals, limits will be placed on the carbon emissions within the capacity market meaning coal and diesel will no longer be used to keep Great Britain’s lights on during the height of winter.

In 2019, Great Britain has already gone more than 2,500 hours without using coal to generate power – around 4 times more than the whole of 2017.

Coal will continue to be phased out and under new proposals limits will be placed on the carbon emissions that electricity generators can produce when operating within the capacity market. This means the fuel will no longer be used to keep Great Britain’s lights on during the height of winter.

These moves are introduced to support the government’s ambition to phase coal out of the energy system entirely by 2025.

The consultation documentcan be found on gov.uk; comments and responses should be sent to [email protected]by 6thSeptember 2019.