Making sense on power

The dash for gas, which led to 10GW of gas fired generating capacity being built in the UK since 1990, never made strategic sense. While gas turbine power stations offered the cheapest route to building generating capacity and cutting sulphur dioxide emissions, natural gas is too precious and limited a resource to burn to generate […]

The dash for gas, which led to 10GW of gas fired generating capacity being built in the UK since 1990, never made strategic sense. While gas turbine power stations offered the cheapest route to building generating capacity and cutting sulphur dioxide emissions, natural gas is too precious and limited a resource to burn to generate electricity. The UK, with more than 100 years of coal reserves, faces the prospect, 20 years hence, of depending on gas imports from eastern Europe for its power. By then much of its coal will be inaccessible if a second dash for gas leads to further pit closures.