It’s only a matter of time before increasing dependency on renewables proves to be a mistake. Details from the BBC: RIP Longannet power station.
Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, Longannet in Fife, is to close on 31 March next year.
Its owner, Scottish Power, said the high cost of connecting to the grid was to blame.
The company has also announced it is abandoning plans to build a new gas-fired power station at Cockenzie in East Lothian.
Longannet, which opened in 1972, is one of the biggest coal-fired power stations in Europe.
The power station employs more than 230 staff but Scottish Power said it hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies.
The news will leave Scotland heavily dependant on SSE’s gas-fired power station at Peterhead and EDF’s two ageing nuclear stations at Hunterston and Torness.
It is likely to lead to renewed debate about our growing reliance on renewables and generating capacity elsewhere in the UK.
Full report: Longannet power station to close in March – BBC News.