Government must set deadline for coal-fired power stations to use 'clean coal'

A parliamentary committee has called on the government to set a deadline for coal power stations’ adaptation to clean technologies.

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In a report, the Environment Audit Committee says coal-fired power stations should close if they cannot use “clean coal” by a government-set date.

Its report warns that progress towards cleaner coal power is "extremely disappointing". The committee heard evidence that five or six new coal-burning stations may be built in the UK by 2015.

Power supplier E.On recently won approval for plans to build a coal-fired plant at Kingsnorth power station in Kent.