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UK Government Reconfirms Pledge to Eliminate Coal by 2025

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The United Kingdom government has rejected calls to extend a deadline to close the country’s eight remaining coal plants by 2025.

The move, championed by the country’s Conservative party, also rejected a move to gradually phase out coal power before the deadline by arguing coal use is low enough to make that move unnecessary, the Guardian reported.

Coal use in the country has already plunged by more than 80 percent since 2012. Three coal plants closed in the country last year.

While 2017 saw no UK coal closures, one is scheduled to close this year. The Guardian expects most of the remaining plants to cease operations by 2022.

The closures were linked to European Union pollution standards as well as increases in the UK’s carbon tax.

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