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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:48 pm    Post subject: New gas power station Reply with quote

The Climate Change Act 2008 states:

"1. (1) It is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline."

But today Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne granted EDF Energy planning consent to construct a new gas power plant in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.

The station is designed to operate continuously for 35 years.

That takes us past 2050, the Target Date in the Climate Change Act 2008 by which time UK carbon account must be at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline.

The Minister's decision has put his Secretary of State's duty in jeopardy.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gas-power-station-approved-in-lincolnshire
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/27/part/1/crossheading/the-target-for-2050
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've written a little piece about it.

http://biffvernon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/government-approves-more-fossil-carbon.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May turn out to be a non issue.

It might be decommissioned after slightly less than the design life, just before the cut off date.

Or it might continue past the date and be compliant if sufficient older plant has been scrapped. Other factors being equal, it would make sense to keep in use some 34 year old capacity and to scrap 40 year old equipment that would probably be beyond its design life by then.

Or we might bend the rules a little and keep it available for emergencies, but not run it regularly after the cut off date.

Or we might break the rules.

Or there might not be enough affordable gas by then.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But whatever, it is clear that we have a government in denial over global warming and reckless as regards its duty under the law.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
But whatever, it is clear that we have a government in denial over global warming and reckless as regards its duty under the law.


Ah, some news at last. Laughing
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