RWE Generation UK confirms IED decisions

RWE Generation UK has updated DEFRA, Welsh Government, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales on its decision regarding the future of some of its power plants under the European Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

The IED, which comes into effect on 1 January 2016 for existing large combustion plants, further tightens the levels of SO2, NOx and particulate emissions that power stations may emit. RWE Generation UK has now finalised the IED compliance routes for its portfolio and has notified DEFRA and the Regulators of its decisions to rescind all the Limited Life Derogation (LLD) declarations that it made at the end of 2013. As a result, Didcot B Power Station in Oxfordshire, Aberthaw Power Station in South Wales and Hythe CHP will participate in the UK Transitional National Plan (TNP).RWE Generation UK has previously notified DEFRA that Little Barford Power Station and Great Yarmouth Power Station will participate in the TNP.

Pembroke, Staythorpe, Markinch, ConocoPhillips CHP and Cheshire power stations will comply directly with the requirements of the IED. Aylesford CHP and Grimsby CHP are not operational and have been removed from the TNP.Kevin Nix, Head of RWE Generation UK commented ; “The company is committed to maintaining its fleet, increasing efficiency and lowering emissions to help ensure security of supply, despite difficult market conditions.“We welcome the Government’s implementation of the TNP in the UK as this will provide a cost effective solution to reduce emissions from the energy sector across the UK. We have entered eligible plant into the TNP as we believe this offers the greatest flexibility to our UK fleet. “