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All this week ITV News Central will be looking into the future to investigate where and how we will get our energy.

In the second instalment of our series 'Powering the Midlands', Wesley Smith is looking at a more compact way of life.

With the case for recycling growing ever-stronger, Wes has been to home in Herefordshire which has taken it to a whole new level.

  • Watch Wes' full report on ITV News Central at 6pm


Special report: The future of Coal in the Midlands

ITV News Central has seen evidence that the UK may fail to meet EU renewable energy targets by 2020. Everyone of us will be affected, so the race is on to change the way we live and work.

The Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, is expected to outline the latest Government energy policy in the Commons shortly, which will see all coal fire power stations phased out by 2025.

So, we've been exploring future options in a series of reports.

Here's Wesley Smith with, "Powering the Midlands.

Coal power stations to be ‘phased out’ by 2025

Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire Credit: PA

The Energy Secretary will later announce the UK’s coal fired power stations will all be phased out by 2025.

There are four coal burning power plants across the East and West Midlands at:

  • Rugeley, Staffordshire
  • Ironbridge, Shropshire
  • Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire
  • West Burton near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Amber Rudd will reveal plans to build the next generation of cleaner gas-fired power stations instead.

Currently around 28% of our energy needs are met by burning coal.


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