The owners of Eggborough Power Station have announced it is to close with the loss of up to 240 staff jobs and hundreds more contractors.
Bosses blame their decision to stop generating power by next March on expensive green taxes and a refusal by the Government to help pay for the power plant to move from burning coal to a cleaner alternative. James Webster reports.
The union, Unite, says the decision to close Eggborough Power Station is another blow to energy jobs in West Yorkshire.
It has also called on energy secretary Amber Rudd to consider the loss of electricity to the National Grid of this latest coal-fired power station closure and warned that there could be power cuts this winter, if the weather is harsh.
Eggborough Power Station will close next year.
Up to 240 jobs are expected to go when the plant ceases generating power in March 2016, the owners have announced.
Eggborough Power Limited (EPL) says consultation with staff and further talks with government bodies are underway.
The coal-fired power station requires additional funding of £200 million over the next three years to continue generating power, which is financially unsustainable for the 53 year old plant.
It is the latest blow for the area. In May, energy firm SSE announced the closure of Ferrybridge Power Station with the loss of more than 170 staff jobs and hundreds more contractors. The plant is likely to close within a year. Its owners said the station, which is nearly 50 years old, is uneconomic to run with government policy favouring greener forms of energy production.
And less than 10 miles from Eggborough, Kellingley Colliery is set to close in December this year with the loss of hundreds of jobs.
Hundreds of workers at one of the region's biggest power stations are demanding political action to save their jobs and the plant.
Bosses at Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire have warned it may have to close within two years after they failed to secure Government money to convert the plant from burning coal to burning more environmentally friendly wood pellets.
There are also claims that if the plant closes, it could lead to power cuts. Jon Hill reports:
Brigg and Goole MP, Andrew Percy says time is running out for Eggborough Power Station:
A campaign to secure the future of Eggbrough power station near Selby is being stepped up.
Workers at the station, which is threatened with closure, have written to their local MPs calling on them to help save eight hundred jobs and safeguard the future of the plant.
The power station had submitted £750 million plans to convert to biomass energy, but it was left off a short list of government projects in December.
Kevin Coyne from UNITE, says there is a real danger of the lights going out:
The MP for Selby has told the commons he will be fighting for the future of Eggborough Power Station.
800 jobs are at risk after it failed to secure funding to convert from coal to renewable biomass energy.
Nigel Adams said money should be made available to help established plants in the UK:
Seven hundred jobs are at risk amid fears that Eggborough Power Station may be forced to close by the end of 2015, after the Government confirmed it would NOT fund plans to convert the coal-fired plant to green energy production.
The Energy Secretary announced that only ten green projects would get funding and Eggborough was not on the list.
Gaynor Barnes talks to Paul Cook from Eggborough Power Limited, Operations Officer Paul Tomlinson and Energy Minister Michael Fallon in her report.