Coal power set for one last hurrah

The utility has undermined its own coal supply by ending a policy of so-called cost-plus structures. (Photo by Petr Kratochvil, Free Stock Photos.)

Britain’s remaining coal-fired power plants could enjoy an 11th-hour revival in the early 2020s despite the Government’s drive to cut carbon emissions, if ministers choose not to risk raising household energy prices.

Fresh research has revealed a change of fortunes for the dwindling fleet of power plants, unless ministers use the autumn budget to raise taxes on carbon at a cost of almost £1bn to consumers.

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