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Fiddler's Ferry and Aberthaw coal plants reach the end of the road

The iconic Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power station near Warrington in Cheshire finally ended operation on 31 March, following nearly 50 years of generation. 

The power station became fully operational in 1973 and, at its peak, had a generating capacity of 2,000 MW – producing enough electricity to power around two million homes. 

The closure is part of operator SSE’s commitment to a net zero emissions future and comes five years ahead of the UK government’s target to end unabated coal-fired electricity generation by 2025, says the company. It follows the closure of the company’s other coal-fired plant, Ferrybridge C station in West Yorkshire, in 2016. SSE has committed to reducing the carbon intensity of the electricity it generates by 50%, as well as trebling its renewable energy output, by 2030. 

The same day also saw the closure, by operator RWE, of Aberthaw coal-fired power plant in South Wales. With a capacity of 1,560 MW Aberthaw once generated enough power to meet the needs of 1.5mn households. RWE says it is to transfer the station’s existing Capacity Market agreements for the years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 to third parties and other units within the company’s fleet.

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Journal title: Energy World

Subjects: Coal - Coal fired power stations -

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