Emission constraints rock the boat for power industry shake-up

The Government's requirement for the major electricity generators to sell off some of their coal-fired power stations has led to a head-on clash with the Environment Agency's review of future acid gas emission limits. National Power has proposed a £2 billion sale of its 4GW Drax station - but is now under pressure to fit flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment to one of its remaining stations. The Agency is under mounting pressure to relax its proposed emission limits in order to smooth the power station sell-off programme.

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