Last coal-fired power plant in Scotland to close

Scottish Power has announced that they will be closing Langannet Coal Power Plant at the end of March 2016. This was the last coal powered power plant remaining in Scotland and will close after 46 years of producing power in Scotland.

Scottish power have said that reemployment opportunities will be available for the 230 staff whose jobs are directly affected. The explanation for the close was put down to the high carbon taxes and transmission charges which had caused running the plant to become uneconomic.

Critics of the plans have said that it is a blow to the country’s plans to become self sufficient in energy generation. Scottish power have said that the closure is a direct consequence on the discriminatory transmission charges imposed on Scottish power plants compared to power plants in England.