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Scottish coal plans 'dealt major blow'

The World Wildlife Fund has described a new policy statement as another ‘nail in the coffin’ for new coal plans.

WWF Scotland has responded positively to the Future of Scottish Electricity Generation report.

It said that plans to build a controversial new coal-fired power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire were dealt a major blow

The report re-confirms commitment to generate 100 per cent of electricity needs from renewables and to decarbonise the electricity generation sector by 2030.

Furthermore, it states that Scotland’s future energy needs can be met without the need for new nuclear capacity and there will therefore be no new plants in Scotland.

Welcoming the policy statement, WWF Scotland senior climate change policy officer Dr Sam Gardner said: “This policy makes clear that Scotland’s electricity future is set to be a renewable one, with no place for new coal or nuclear.

“This announcement also represents another nail in the coffin for the massively unpopular plans by Peel Energy to build a new coal-fired station at Hunterston.

“Alongside improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewables, Scotland can comfortably meet its future power needs.

“Following an energy-saving, high-renewable path will create jobs, generate investment opportunities and protect households from rising energy prices caused by the dwindling availability of fossil fuels.”