SSE to close two coal-fired power plants.

Guardian: “Growing concerns about a future power generating capacity crunch were highlighted on Friday when SSE unveiled plans to close two coal-fired power stations, one of them the huge Ferrybridge complex in West Yorkshire.”“The move comes just 24 hours after the energy regulator, Ofgem, announced businesses would be paid to cut their power supplies on weekday evenings in a bid to keep the lights on elsewhere.
Half of the 2,000 megawatts are to be taken offline by SSE in March at Ferrybridge, with the remaining units taken out of service in 2023 at the latest alongside the 215MW at Uskmouth facility in Gwent, south Wales. SSE has already announced that it is slashing capacity at its gas-fired power station at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
SSE could have chosen to fit them with new technology to make them cleaner under EU environmental legislation but said it had been forced to take a difficult decision while continuing to invest in new wind farms and other forms of generation.”