It’s a classic case of the underdog winning the race.
Duke Energy is aiming to shut all its coal-burning power stations down by 2022, with the aim of reducing its carbon emissions to zero.
It’s part of a plan to cut carbon emissions by 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050, with a target of zero emissions by 2050.
But in the case of its coal power stations, the Duke Energy plan is not an effective one, and many environmental groups have expressed concern about the plan’s impacts.
On Monday, Greenpeace UK released a new report entitled The Future of the UK’s Coal Power Plants.
It says: “The Duke Energy coal power station in Duke’s South Kensington plant is a disaster.
It is imperative that we have a clean energy future, and that the UK does not succumb to the Big Six’s carbon emissions and energy crisis.” “
The proposed shutdown of the Duke Coal plant will have devastating consequences for communities and the planet.
It is imperative that we have a clean energy future, and that the UK does not succumb to the Big Six’s carbon emissions and energy crisis.”
The report cites the fact that the Duke energy plant is the largest in the UK and has the potential to emit more than 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
Greenpeace UK also said: “There is no scientific evidence that carbon dioxide from coal-powered power stations can be stored for long periods of time and safely stored.
In addition, the closure of the coal power plants would lead to the loss of vital and expensive energy generation capacity, and the closure will increase the risk of climate change by damaging the UK climate.
The Government should commit to the creation of a climate change fund, and it should work with the major electricity suppliers to ensure that they are not forced to sell power to Duke.”
Green Party leader Caroline Lucas also commented on the report, calling on the Government to “move swiftly and urgently to stop the closure and re-invest in renewable energy”.
“This is the most important climate change challenge facing our country,” she said.
“It is essential that the Government act now and immediately to halt the construction of new coal-based power plants in the wake of the report’s findings.”
It’s a good plan for Duke, which is aiming for a 20 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from its power stations by 2030.
However, the company’s chief executive, John Burt, said: “Our plan is to maintain the use of the entire plant in a very low carbon environment and that means we will not be closing any plants until we have reached the 2030 goal.”
Burt added: We are not in the business of closing coal-fuelled power plants.
We have been investing in new technologies and are committed to making the most of them.
While there is some debate over whether or not coal power is a carbon source, the report does state that Duke Energy can store carbon for up to 10 years.
Duke Energy’s plans are not all bad news for the environment.
Its chief executive said: “[Duke] believes its emissions will remain within a safe level for the foreseeable future and that is an important consideration for the UK Government, our industry partners and the wider public.
[It] also recognizes that a significant portion of our emissions come from carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas.
We continue to be working with industry and stakeholders to develop a carbon pricing system that ensures a price on carbon.”
If the government’s climate change plans are approved, it could save millions of jobs and create tens of thousands of new jobs in the coal industry.