After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. For nearly 50 years the Longannet power station in Scotland burned coal for energy. The plant, the last of its kind in Scotland, closed Thursday.
The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations last Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room.
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Scottish Power said Longannet had been “essential to meeting the electricity needs of Scotland” through its final winter in operation, on average generating enough electricity to supply more than a quarter of Scottish homes.
Britain’s coal-fired plants have been closing ahead of a 2023 deadline for compliance with new EU rules on air quality. The Scottish government has also complained about a transmission regime that favours power plants located near the biggest population centres.
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