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Ed Miliband: All new coal will need portion of CCS (23rd April)

In Ed Milliband on May 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

DECC put out a press release on the 23rd of April which dashed the hopes of the construction industry which had been hoping for a series of new coal plants in the UK.

  • No new coal plants are to be built without some Carbon Capture and Storage.
  • The remainder of any plant built will have to be fitted with CCS  within 5 years of it being judged ‘technically and economically proven‘.

The first point puts an end to people just carrying on business as usual. The second point could, in practice, mean that ccs will be forced on companies in the near term or they could be left alone indefinetly. The second point is a cop-out. Which E.ON and uk civil society have already started fighting over.

Full statement bellow.

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Ed Milibands’ girlfriend works for E.ON

In Ed Milliband on March 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Energy and Climate Change minister Ed Miliband is in a relationship with an environmental lawyer who curretly works for e.on.

Some might say it would be difficult not to permit a project that your potential life partner is working on pushing through.

Decision on Kingsnorth Delayed

In Ed Milliband on March 3, 2009 at 12:13 am

Via the Guardian

Decisions about any new coal-fired power plants in the UK have been delayed until the autumn, prompting warnings from energy companies about the growing risk that the country could run out of electricity generating capacity.

Ministers were due to make a decision last year on an application to build the first new coal plant in the UK for a generation at Kingsnorth in Kent – a move expected to trigger submissions for further projects.

However, insiders said the decision was not now expected until after the summer because of a decision by the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, to order a fresh review of coal policy. The Guardian revealed last week that Miliband was considering plans for tough new limits on global warming emissions from coal plants and wanted the government to help fund more carbon capture and storage projects to make this happen.

The decision was earlier delayed by another government consultation on what companies building new coal plants would have to do to make them “capture ready”, announced last year.

Jonathan Smith, E.ON’s media relations manager, said: “We do not expect any imminent decision, by any stretch of the imagination.”

A further delay in the controversial decision about Kingsnorth will delight environmentalists, who have singled out the Kent plant for opposition, because coal is the most polluting form of energy, and because of concern that building a coal plant without strict pollution control would destroy attempts to curb carbon emissions in emerging economies.

However, Smith said further delays raised the threat that the UK could not build the new plants in time to replace the nuclear and old coal power stations that are due to be closed in the next decade.

A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “A decision on Kingsnorth will follow our consultation on the conditions around new coal-fired power stations. We are aware of the need to ensure security of energy supplies.”

Ed Miliband on UK Coal and CCS

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

Ed Miliband has been speaking to the Department of Energy and Climate Change Committee.

When: Wednesday 25 February at 9.15am ended at 11.17am

Where: Department of Energy and Climate Change Committee

On What:  Coal power, energy and climate change.

Notes:  not yet online

Video: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=3495

Related:  Ed Crooks FT 25th FebEd Crooks, Fyona Harvey FT,

Govornment planning to go big on CCS?

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

According to an article in the Guardian on Feb 25th 2009 the government’s is considering a major scaling up of investment in carbon capture and storage. From what this author knows of CCS this would seem to be a misallocation of resources, however, if we are seeing a definitive shift against any new coal without CCS then this would certainly be a welcome development.

According to Chris Smith, former head of the Environment Agency, there is a battle going on over those funds.

“There is a battle going on between the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Treasury to secure the necessary funds for as wide a range of demonstration projects as possible.”

Perhaps they will take a leaf out of the Conservatives book and use funding from ETS auctions to raise the funds.

“The Conservatives have said they would fund CCS demonstrations using money raised by auctioning carbon allowances under the European Emissions Trading System.”

A couple of things concern me about this.  I think the money could be better spent on renewables. The govornment has often used hyperbole when describing CCS but the environmental audit committe amongst others has been critical of its complete lack of commmitment.  If –as i suspect, ccs proves to be very expensive and to remain so, and to be vulberable to increasing coal prices, then we may all wish that funds had been better spent on renewables, which only get cheaper with volume of production, the opposite of fossil fuels.

Rethink on ‘clean coal’ funding.

In Ed Milliband on February 27, 2009 at 1:16 am

Via the FT

By Ed Crooks

More than one “clean coal” power station could receive official funding, said Ed Miliband, energy secretary, yesterday, changing the government’s policy on backing for the technology.

This could be good for Powerfuel, owned by mining entrepreneur Richard Budge, which hopes to build a clean coal plant in Mr Miliband’s Yorkshire constituency that has not been eligible for support.

This dosent directly relate to EON as any second project would be in adittion to the CCS competition in which Kingsnorth is entered. The key question in the case of Kingsnorth is weather it is a good test site for CCS technology and weather having only 5% ccs on a coal plant is considered good enough by the uk govornment.

Ed Miliband on Coal

In Ed Milliband on January 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Via the Sunday Times

Miliband refused to say if he would award the CCS money to Eon, or if he would approve the plant if it lost the competition.

“It is very difficult to reconcile security of supply with our low-carbon obligations, but I don’t want to anticipate what I have to announce to parliament in the coming weeks and months on our approach to this issue because it is a very sensitive matter.”

He admitted, however, that he thinks “Britain should lead by example on CCS”. Giving the green light to a dirty new coal plant would not be seen as setting a good example.

Ed Milliband on New Coal

In Ed Milliband on December 22, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Ed Milliband has just said some fairly disturbing things in the Financial Times.

He chose the security of supply angle. Despite the fact that renewables are entirely domestic. Security of supply is a cipher for traditional old innovation lacking technology that isnt gas i.e coal.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the energy secretary stated: “I will not take a position which ignores our security of supply needs.”

Perhaps most tellingly, he attacked the plans that the Tories have (supported by greenpeace and others)

He attacked the opposition Tories’ “knee jerk” and “not thought through” call for a ban on construction of new stations until technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions – as yet unproven on a commercial scale – is installed.

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Ed Milliband on New Coal

In Ed Milliband on December 21, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Ed Milliband gave a speach at Imperial College London (PDF) on Dec 9th 2008.

An excerpt bellow…

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