Controversial Drax gas plant approval risks ‘carbon budget blowout’

Consent has been granted for Drax power station to replace its two remaining coal-fired units with four gas turbines, contrary to advice from the Planning Inspectorate.

The redevelopment, prompted by government policy to abolish coal from the UK’s energy mix by 2025, would deliver 3.6 gigawatts of power from gas, making it by far the largest gas-fired facility in the UK. The plans also include two 100-megawatt battery banks, supplementing 2.6GW of existing biomass capacity.

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