UK coal: how the mighty fell

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Report summary

UK coal has been on a rapid downward spiral since 2013. The number 1 import market in the Atlantic is now the number 4/5 market in Europe alone. Carbon price floor uplift has been the principle trigger, but also older inefficient plants and lack of certainty and rewards on capacity payments helped to bring forward retirement decisions. We assess the winners and losers, the reasons why, the domestic market factors (supply and stockpiles) while providing an outlook for the next two years.

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    • Policy drivers: carbon price floor the trigger
    • Plant retirements: 5.5 GW decommissioned in seven months
    • Domestic supply and stockpiles obscure the picture
    • Impact on suppliers: Russia worst hit, losses of 10 Mt
    • Outlook for 2016/17

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  • Generator economics: UK versus NW Europe
  • Plant capacity demise (GW)
  • Domestic supply and stockpile variation
  • Impact on suppliers

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