The future of coal-fired power in the UK

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In this insight, we review the position of coal generation in the UK power market, where an anticipated squeeze on margins during 2015 could impact decisions on plant investment and continued operation in the longer term. To highlight the economics of UK coal generators, we apply a cost model to explore the effect of future carbon costs, fuel prices and capacity payments on the business case for continuing plant operations.

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  • The future of coal-fired power in the UK: Table 1


  • Dark spread cases – UK coal plant economics
  • NPV of coal assets under different spreads and capacity payments
  • Load factor economics for coal plants under different capacity payments
  • Coal plant cumulative cash flows under different carbon prices, fuel costs and wholesale margins

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