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Miliband: No new coal power stations without carbon capture

No new coal fired power stations will be built in the United Kingdom without cabon capture and storage under new proposals unveiled today by energy secretary Ed Miliband.

Following an announcement by chancellor Alistair Darling in yesterday’s Budget that up to four demonstration projects could be subsidised, Mr Miliband said any new should now have to demonstrate CCS “from day one” to win planning approval.

In addition, all new coal fired power stations would also have to have a full scale retrofit of CCS within five years of the technology being technically and commercially proven.

Under the Government’s demonstration competition, new plans would only have to start off by using CCS for about 400MW - about 25 per cent - of their capacity.

While the Government will subsidise up to four projects, Mr Miliband has proposed a new regulatory requirement that any new station seeking planning approval - that does not win any funds from Westminster - would have to demonstrate CCS to the same capacity but at the power company’s own cost.

The proposals will now go out to public consultation, with a report due out over the summer.

Mr Miliband said clusters of CCS could be created. This announcement follows the release of a study today by power giant E. On which recommended a national grid-style network connecting major emitters of carbon dioxide in the Thames Estuary to a central pipeline which would trap and store their emissions.

He said the Humber, Teeside, Thames Gateway, Firth of Forth and Merseyside were all potential centres for CCS clusters.

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