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Eggborough power station bosses start closure talks

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.

Union fears power cuts after Eggborough closure

The union, Unite, says the decision to close Eggborough Power Station is another blow to energy jobs in West Yorkshire.

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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.

What has happened to the coal-based energy sector in West Yorkshire in recent months is devastating to those losing their jobs – which we estimate at about 1,000 jobs overall - and a crippling blow to the local economy.

Energy secretary Amber Rudd should take a long, hard look at the energy needs of the country. Coal is the cheapest form of energy, especially if the carbon tax was lowered. Britain is sitting on a huge reservoir of coal.

– Unite regional officer Kelvin Mawer

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Government: Energy supplies won't be affected after Eggborough closure

This is obviously disappointing news for everyone connected with Eggborough, but people can be assured that energy security will be unaffected.

The Government takes security of supply very seriously and has worked with National Grid to put in place an effective plan which is flexible enough to adapt to individual plant closures. Our top priority is making sure UK families and businesses have secure, affordable energy supplies - we have ensured that National Grid have everything they need to manage the system.

– Spokesperson, Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

Eggborough Power Station to close next year

Eggborough Power Station will close next year.

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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.

We are deeply saddened at the prospect of potentially ceasing generation at Eggborough Power Station and believe that Eggborough Power could have a significant part to play in ensuring security of supply in the UK electricity market, particularly while there remains great uncertainty around new-build gas-fired generation.

We intend to conduct a thorough consultation process with our employees and their representatives while we continue to consider all options available to us, including seeking to engage with government bodies. Our priority is to support our staff during this difficult time.

– Neil O’Hara, chief executive of Eggborough Power Ltd

Fight to save Eggborough power station

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:

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UNITE: Danger of lights going out

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:

Closure fears for Eggborough power station

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.

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