Mining contractors were in for a surprise when Energy UK, the trade body representing over 80 energy suppliers and generators in the UK, came out in the support of phasing out coal-fired power stations.
Energy UK CEO Lawrence Slade announced that the organisation would begin a campaign for low-carbon alternatives to bring about a change in the energy sector and help the UK turn into a low carbon economy.
Slade stated in a new policy document, Pathways to 2030, that Energy UK has plans to remove all coal from the system by 2025, which “will leave room for lower carbon fuels like new gas, biomass and wind to play a greater role in a flexible energy system.”
Slade said that the power industry understands that it will have to make major changes to fulfil the decarbonisation targets and bear the significant costs pertaining to new investment.
Pathways to 2030 is based on a number of in-depth interviews with energy companies in the UK. A majority of energy companies believe electricity storage will be the most important technological breakthrough the country and the world will witness in the next 15 years. This new technology will completely revolutionise the way the power system works.
Slade said he believed the energy system in the UK was transitioning to a more decentralised model, which has more place for energy storage, solar power and wind energy.
“The UK’s power sector is poised to make a real contribution to the country’s ongoing energy challenges. Working with government to develop a holistic approach to policy and long term policies that underpin the economic confidence of investors, the UK energy industry can deliver affordable reliable and clean energy now and into the future. But the energy sector cannot meet the country’s green goals alone and we are looking at ways to work with other industry sectors,” said Slade.