Coal phase-out

UK Government Details Plan to Phase Out Coal by 2025

Bright Blue's senior research fellow, Sam Hall, was quoted in a Desmog UK article about the UK phase out of coal power fired stations. Sam spoke of how:

Closing coal is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It also brings benefits for air quality and for industrial strategy by encouraging cleaner forms of electricity generation.

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Call for earlier phasing out of coal power plants

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Energy Voice covers Bright Blue's new report on security of supply after coal. They focus on the call to bring forward the date of the coal phase-out to 2023.

Here's an excerpt:

But Bright Blue, which describes itself as a think tank for liberal conservatives and Tory modernisers, said research showed the phase out will not undermine the security of the UK’s energy supply, with plenty of time to bring any required new gas online.

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Close UK coal plants early, say green Tories

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Bright Blue's new report on security of supply is covered in the Daily Telegraph. They report the call to close coal earlier than currently planned.

Here's an excerpt:

The Bright Blue group of conservatives dismissed fears that plans to end unabated coal power generation by 2025 could lead to supply shortages, insisting the lights would stay on even if the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is never built.

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UK electricity is secure without coal, says conservative thinktank

Bright Blue's report on the coal phase-out and its impact on energy security was covered on Carbon Brief.

Here's an excerpt: 

The report concludes that the energy security concerns over the proposed coal phase-out are unfounded, and that this policy is both achievable and desirable. But the benefits, both financially and for the climate, will depend on other factors. The speed at which low-carbon technologies are deployed, and the amount of gas required to fill the gap, will determine the cost and the benefits to the climate.

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