SSE announces UK coal plant Fiddler's Ferry closure

Scottish utility SSE has announced plans to shut down three units at its Fiddler’s Ferry coal-fired power plant in spring 2016, with the fourth unit at Britain’s eighth biggest emitting installation potentially being closed in 2017.

With a total generation capacity of nearly 2 GW, Fiddler’s Ferry emitted 6.86 million tonnes of CO2 in 2014, according to EU data, or more than 3% of the UK’s total emissions under the EU ETS that year. The plant’s CO2 output has been on the decline, falling from 8.45 million in 2013 and a peak of 9.14 million in 2012, and its closure will further dampen already weak utility demand for carbon units.

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